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Kenny wins seventh Olympic gold in keirin



Jason Kenny turned the primary Briton to win seven Olympic gold medals with a spectacular defence of his males’s keirin title – however spouse Laura’s reign as ladies’s omnium champion has ended.

Laura, GB’s most profitable feminine athlete, recovered from a crash in her first occasion to complete sixth in her bid for a 3rd successive omnium title.

Jason shocked the boys’s keirin area as he sprinted clear with three laps remaining to assert victory.

It’s his ninth Olympic medal general.

The 33-year-old gained silver within the crew dash on the Izu Velodrome to develop into GB’s most embellished Olympian earlier this week however was unable to defend his particular person dash title.

His tally of seven golds is yet another than former team-mate Chris Hoy.

“Seven gold medals is basically particular. If you look again on those you already have, it appears fairly straightforward,” mentioned Jason. “Then once you attempt to get extra, you bear in mind how exhausting it’s.

“I’ve been disenchanted this week, I have never been as aggressive as I wished to be. However within the keirin you possibly can race exhausting and experience your luck just a little bit.”

On his future, he added: “Earlier than at this time I had all however given up, I used to be counting my profession in days and races versus years, however possibly I’ve purchased myself extra time now.”

Jason Kenny is the most successful British Olympian, while Laura Kenny is Britain's most successful female Olympian
Jason Kenny is essentially the most profitable British Olympian, whereas Laura Kenny is Britain’s most profitable feminine Olympian

Jason caught his 5 rivals abruptly with a long-range assault and held on to complete 0.763 seconds away from Malaysia’s Azizulhasni Awang, with the Netherlands’ reigning world champion Harrie Lavreysen taking bronze.

Lavreysen made it three medals in Tokyo however had been aiming to emulate Jason’s achievement of 5 years in the past by successful all three males’s dash occasions.

The Briton mentioned his resolution to assault early was made earlier than the race.

He informed BBC Sport: “I mentioned [beforehand] if I get a spot [I’ll go] and he [performance director Stephen Park] mentioned very unconvincingly ‘if it’s a large one’. The primary half a lap I used to be questioning if it was sufficient after which I believed ‘it’s now or by no means’, so I’ll go for it.

“I’ve been racing each race like it’s my final, simply attempting to outlive actually.

“I believe as a result of I ran each race prefer it was a remaining, once I obtained to the ultimate I used to be fairly properly rehearsed. For me it was [a case of] keep on doing what now we have been doing.”

Laura, talking about Jason’s efficiency, informed BBC Sport: “The quantity of people that got here as much as me afterwards and had been like ‘I might have counted him out of this’ – and to be trustworthy, so had I!

“I used to be talking to him final night time and he was like ‘I simply need to go residence’. Then clearly he gained – simply typical Jason, that.”

Jason progressed from a semi-final that additionally included compatriot and particular person dash bronze medallist Jack Carlin, however the 24-year-old did not qualify for the ultimate after ending fourth.

Contesting the race to resolve the minor positions, Carlin completed second to assert an eighth-placed general end.

Within the omnium, Laura arrived on the fourth and remaining occasion – the factors race – down in ninth place and 38 factors adrift of prime place after a fall within the scratch occasion.

Introduced down in a pile-up on the penultimate lap of the competitors’s first of 4 disciplines, she then got here out on prime within the tempo race earlier than ending a disappointing thirteenth within the elimination race – broadly thought of her specialist occasion.

The Briton – together with 9 others – acquired 16 factors because the officers determined to award the fallen riders the subsequent accessible variety of factors within the opening scratch race, inserting Kenny 24 factors behind the early lead.

The five-time Olympic gold medallist, who turned the primary British girl to win gold at three Olympic Video games when she and Katie Archibald gained the madison on Friday, recovered to fifth on the midway stage after successful the tempo.

Nevertheless, she was left with an excessive amount of to do within the remaining factors race – regardless of taking most factors within the remaining dash – as American Jennifer Valente took gold from Japan’s Yumi Kajihara and Dutch rider Kirsten Wild.

Between them, Jason (nine) and Laura Kenny (six) have won 15 Olympic medals
Between them, Jason (9) and Laura Kenny (six) have gained 15 Olympic medals

On the crash, Laura informed BBC Sport: “I hit them so quick as a result of I used to be nearly to come back over and bam, I actually had nowhere to go and I had a mountain to climb.

“[In] the tempo race I simply rode off adrenaline after which we solely had 20 minutes. After I obtained into the elimination race I simply felt actually drained immediately and I simply thought ‘that is unhealthy’.

“Within the factors race I had nothing to lose. I simply want we had obtained a lap after which clearly I’d have jumped up the standings.”

On successful a gold in Tokyo, she mentioned: “To be trustworthy I used to be completed after the madison. You simply hit such a excessive. That actually was the race that we focused. We put a lot work into that and I believe as a result of we did win you simply go ‘job completed’.

“Worlds is not that distant is it?” she added on her future. “I do not know. I do not see myself quitting any time quickly.”

Earlier, GB team-mate Katy Marchant completed sixth within the ladies’s dash competitors as she contested the race for fifth to eighth place.

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