Boise's Armstrong Wins 3rd Consecutive Time Trial At Rio Olympics

Aug 10, 2016

Credit Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

Kristin Armstrong of the United States won her third consecutive Olympic time trial Wednesday, her golden effort on the brutal course leaving her in an exhausted heap on the road at the finish line.

Armstrong covered the course through driving wind and rain in 44 minutes, 26.42 seconds, beating reigning bronze medalist Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia by just 5.55 seconds.

Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands added a bronze medal to her gold from the road race.

Armstrong, who turns 43 on Thursday, joined speed skater Bonnie Blair as the only American women to win three gold medals in the same event at any Olympics. She also won in Beijing and London.

Boise Mayor David Bieter issued the following statement about Armstrong winning her third Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro earlier today:

“What an amazing accomplishment for Kristin. I know every Boisean shares my pride that Kristin is one of our own and honored that she provides our city, and especially its children, with such a powerful and positive example of hard work, dedication and community involvement. We can’t wait to welcome her, Joe and Lucas back to Boise and celebrate her triumph.”