Jason Kenny

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23/03/1988
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Biography

Kenny was a product of British Cycling’s Rider Route and, by 2005 at the age of 17, had won his first National Track Cycling Championships, in the team sprint.

Kenny enjoyed a clean sweep of gold medals, in the sprint, team sprint and keirin, at the 2006 UCI Junior World Track Cycling Championships, before stepping up to senior levels impressively, winning the team sprint with Matt Crampton and Craig MacLean at the 2006 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Moscow.

After gaining more experience in the senior ranks, Kenny was in contention for a place at the 2008 Olympic Games. In March, he underlined that fact on his home Manchester track at the UCI World Track Cycling Championships where, just days past his 20th birthday, Kenny finished fifth in the sprint behind gold medalllist Chris Hoy.

By Beijing, Kenny had won the contest for a place in the Great Britain team sprint line-up, riding between Jamie Staff and Hoy and setting a world record of 42.950 in qualifying and, although not quite as fast in the final, the British defeated France by over half a second for gold.

Kenny’s performance in the individual sprint was just as impressive as he qualified second fastest behind Hoy on the way to the final where only the imperious Scotsman denied him a second gold medal, winning the best-of-three race 2-0.

At home on the world stage

Kenny had arrived as a genuine force on the world stage and while he would joke in future years that his form in between Olympic Games was poor, the honours and medals continued to flow after Beijing.

Three UCI Track Cycling World Cup golds followed in the winter of 2008-09 and, at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in March, he rode to silver with Staff and Crampton in the team sprint, beaten by old rivals France.

The 2010 season saw Kenny collect his first gold medal at the UEC European Track Championships in the keirin while the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands also saw him win gold, in the individual sprint, although it would be January 2012 before that victory was confirmed when France’s Gregory Bauge’s original first-place position was nullified after a backdated 12-month ban by the UCI for missing a drugs test.

Come Olympic year, however, Kenny, true to type, took time to find his unbeatable best form. At the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Kenny was beaten into silver in the sprint by Bauge and bronze in the keirin, behind winner Hoy.

But by August and the Olympics, Kenny had rediscovered his golden touch, edging out Hoy to secure the one place allowed for each nation in the individual sprint. With Kenny joining Philip Hindes and Hoy in the team sprint, the British broke the world record twice, eventually clinching gold against their old rivals France in a time of 42.600.

The sprint competition was just as dramatic as Kenny qualified fastest, in a new Olympic record time, before cruising into the final where he avenged his previous defeats to Bauge by beating the Frenchman 2-0 in the final.

Push to Rio

The 2013 season saw Kenny add to his rainbow jersey collection, with a keirin gold at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships while the highlights of 2014 included two silvers, in team and individual sprint, at the Commonwealth Games and a team sprint gold in the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Guadalajara.

After a quiet 2015, which still featured National Track Championships golds in the kilo and team sprint, Kenny opened the Olympic year in familiar fashion, with a gold medal in the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Hong Kong team sprint, with Hindes and Callum Skinner.

It proved the perfect warm-up for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in London where, after missing a medal ride in the team sprint by an agonising 11 thousandths of a second, Kenny responded magnificently in the sprint. 

Qualifying second to Matthew Glaetzer, by one thousandth of a second, Kenny reached the final in impressive fashion before winning the gold medal 2-1 over the three heats against the Australian.

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Selected Career Highlights to Date

2016

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, London (UK)

Gold, Sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Hong Kong
Gold, Team sprint
Bronze, Sprint

2014

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Guadalajara (Mexico)
Gold, Team sprint
Silver, Sprint

Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (UK)
Silver, Sprint
Silver, Team sprint

2013

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK)
Bronze, Team sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Aguascalientes (Mexico)
Silver, Team sprint
Silver, Sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Minsk (Belarus)
Gold, Keirin

UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn (Holland)
Silver, Keirin
Bronze, Sprint

2012

Olympic Games, London (UK)
Gold, Team sprint
Gold, Sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Glasgow (UK)
Silver, Team sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Melbourne (Australia)
Silver, Sprint
Bronze, Keirin

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London (UK)
Bronze, Team sprint

2011

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Apeldoorn (Holland)
Gold, Sprint
Bronze, Team sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK)
Silver, Sprint
Bronze, Team sprint

2010

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Melbourne (Australia)
Gold, Team sprint

UEC European Track Championships, Pruszkow (Poland)
Gold, Kierin

2009

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK)
Silver, Team sprint
Bronze, Sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Pruszkow (Poland)
Silver, Team sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Copenhagen (Denmark)
Gold, Team sprint

UEC European Track Championships, Minsk (Belarus)
Silver, Keirin
Silver, Sprint
Silver, Team sprint

2008

Olympic Games, Beijing (China)
Gold, Team sprint
Silver, Sprint

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK)
Gold, Sprint
Gold, Team sprint
Silver Keirin

2007

UEC U23 European Track Championships, Cottbus (Germany)
Bronze, Team sprint
Bronze, Sprint

2006

UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, Gent (Belgium)
Gold, Keirin
Gold, Team sprint
Gold, Sprint

GREAT BRITAIN CYCLING TEAM KIT

Great Britain Cycling Team kit