Definition of keirin in English:


Line breaks: kei¦rin
Pronunciation: /ˈkɪərɪn, keɪˈrɪn


A racing event in which cyclists ride several laps around an indoor track behind a motorized pacemaker before sprinting to the finish.
More example sentences
  • Nothstein, clearly the most dominant men's sprinter on the track, missed a second medal in the Keirin, finishing fifth.
  • The Keirin, making its Olympic debut in Sydney, is wildly popular in Japan, where people can bet on professional riders.
  • The programme will consist of keirin and sprint competitions, an invitation keirin and the head-to-head Britain and France Team Sprint.


1950s: Japanese, literally 'bicycle race'.

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