Published: 31 January 2012
Report: Scott Hobro
Great Britain track sprinter Jason Kenny is aiming to build on momentum gained during an intensive training block in Perth and his first competitive outing of the year at Revolution 36 at the upcoming London Track World Cup.
The 23 year-old overcame Sir Chris Hoy in the semi-finals of the match sprint at the Manchester Velodrome before going on to win the event, beating Matt Crampton 2-0 in the final. A second place finish behind Hoy in the keirin before victory over France in the team sprint alongside both Crampton and Hoy completed a pleasing evening for Kenny, who admitted that his early season form hadn’t concerned him.
“It’s our first race after quite a big block of training so it’s interesting to see where we are at. I was a little disappointed with the qualifying. I feel I’m gaining a bit of momentum now, it’s good to get stuck in to see where we are at with only a couple of weeks to go until the London World Cup,” Kenny said.
“I think with regards to the early season I’d been racing reasonable well but I’ve just been missing that bit in qualifying which has been putting me in tricky places to start with. So I’m just concentrating on getting quicker, the qualifying was a bit average again but training is going in the right direction. Hopefully that competitive racing will bring on the raw speed and that’ll put me in a good place heading into the London World Cup and the world championships.”
Audio – Jason Kenny on ‘important’ London Track World Cup
“The world championships are the main short term goal but I think with the London World Cup and the Olympics being on that track later in the year it’s obviously going to be important for everyone. It would be nice to turn up there in form, to be competitive and get stuck into the racing to get a feel for the place.
“There’s not many races until the Olympics, so I came back from Perth in good shape and have tried to keep that momentum going. Hopefully I can keep building momentum through London then the world championships and onto the Olympics.”
Kenny, who competed in the match sprint, keirin and team sprint at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as a 20 year-old, refused to be drawn on whether he was giving particular focus to one of the individual sprint events with only one Olympic place being available for Great Britain in each.
“I’ve not really given it much thought to be honest, I think I’ve got plenty of weaknesses to be working on in the meantime so I’m just pushing to get as fast as I can. Obviously the team sprint is still really important and at the front end of everyone’s minds.
“At the minute we’ve got our team of four with a few of the guys who could step up. Hopefully within that team we’ll get it right on the day and get the fastest team we’ve got out there and hopefully I’ll be in it. I’m pretty confident that if we all have a good day we can be the best team. I’m not overly concerned about that as selection is not my job, I’m just focusing on going fast and hopefully I’ll be in the team.
“It’s an exciting time to be in the sport, we have got a full house here at Revolution and that’s not uncommon now and the World Cup has sold out as well. I’m really enjoying it, working hard and trying to move that form on a bit.”