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Jason Kenny

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Bolton

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Bolton

Date of birth
23/03/1988

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AThe winner of six Olympic gold medals, a figure matched only by fellow cyclist Sir Chris Hoy among British athletes, Jason Kenny enjoyed an astonishing campaign at Rio 2016 in which he won three titles, in the team sprint, sprint and keirin.

n Olympic gold medallist at the age of 20 in 2008, Jason Kenny was one of the figureheads of the highly successful Great Britain Cycling Team at their home Olympics in London four years later, taking his career haul to three golds medals in the sprint and team sprint.

But it was Rio, four years that really wrote Kenny’s name into the British Olympic history books and secured his status, alongside Hoy and Sir Bradley Wiggins, among the top three in total Olympic medals won by British athletes, with seven.

In addition to his impressive collection of Olympic medals, Kenny also has three titles at UCI World Track Cycling Championships, a gold from the UEC European Track Championships and seven gold medals from UCI Track Cycling World Cup meetings.

Career in numbers

7

Total Olympic medals

2

Total Commonwealth Games medals

7

Total UCI Track Cycling World Championships medals

6

Total UEC European Track Championships medals

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.

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Jason Kenny
Jason Kenny

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.

As had been the case in previous Olympic cycles, Kenny appeared to be peaking at precisely the right moment and, in the team sprint with Hindes and Skinner in Rio, broke the Olympic record by qualifying fastest in 42.562.

Having then seen that Olympic mark fall to New Zealand in the first round, the British made amends in the final, beating the Kiwis to the gold medal and re-claiming their Olympic record in 42.440.

The sprint competition brought Kenny further success as he qualified fastest and lost just one ride, in the semi-final to eventual bronze medallist Denis Dmitriev, on the way to beating team mate Skinner 2-0 in the gold medal final.

The keirin, and Kenny’s third gold medal, was far more dramatic as the Briton advanced comfortably to the final where, after the race was twice re-started because of infringements involving the derny pacing bike, Kenny rode superbly to clinch victory.

Away from the bike

Kenny was a keen sportsman growing up in the Farnworth area of Bolton and attending Mount St Joseph School, playing a variety of sports and showing early promise as a football goalkeeper, as well as trying his hand at cricket and tennis.

His first introduction to cycling had come at the age of three when Kenny “stole” a bike belonging to older brother Craig and soon taught himself to ride.

But a chance visit to the National Cycling Centre, Manchester, for Jason and Craig, three years his senior, where an uncle had booked the track and had spare places, proved life changing.

Kenny, who had also been a keen keyboard and guitar player as a youngster, showed immediate potential and was soon on the way to a glittering career which saw him become one of the stand-out stars of the 2012 London Olympics.

After those Games, his relationship with fellow Great Britain gold medallist cyclist Laura Trott also made the couple one of the most recognisable in the sports world and, at Christmas 2015, the pair announced their engagement.

Like many cyclists, Kenny is a keen fan of motor sports and has spent his off-time driving Ginetta G40 in races.

Jason Kenny
Jason Kenny
Jason Kenny
Jason Kenny
Jason Kenny

Palmarès

2016
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , London (UK) Sprint Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Hong Kong Team sprint Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Hong Kong Sprint Bronze
Olympic Games , Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Team sprint Gold
Olympic Games , Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Sprint Gold
Olympic Games , Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Keirin Gold
2014
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Guadalajara (Mexico) Team sprint Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Guadalajara (Mexico) Sprint Silver
Commonwealth Games , Glasgow (UK) Sprint Silver
Commonwealth Games , Glasgow (UK) Team sprint Silver
2013
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) Team sprint Bronze
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Aguascalientes (Mexico) Team sprint Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Aguascalientes (Mexico) Sprint Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Minsk (Belarus) Keirin Gold
UEC European Track Championships , Apeldoorn (Holland) Keirin Silver
UEC European Track Championships , Apeldoorn (Holland) Sprint Bronze
2012
Olympic Games , London (UK) Team sprint Gold
Olympic Games , London (UK) Sprint Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Glasgow (UK) Team sprint Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Melbourne (Australia) Sprint Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Melbourne (Australia) Keirin Bronze
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , London (UK) Team sprint Bronze
2011
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Apeldoorn (Holland) Sprint Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Apeldoorn (Holland) Team sprint Bronze
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) Sprint Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) Team sprint Bronze
2010
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Melbourne (Australia) Team sprint Gold
UEC European Track Championships , Pruszkow (Poland) Kierin Gold
2009
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) Team sprint Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) Sprint Bronze
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Pruszkow (Poland) Team sprint Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Copenhagen (Denmark) Team sprint Gold
UEC European Track Championships , Minsk (Belarus) Keirin Silver
UEC European Track Championships , Minsk (Belarus) Sprint Silver
UEC European Track Championships , Minsk (Belarus) Team sprint Silver
2008
Olympic Games , Beijing (China) Team sprint Gold
Olympic Games , Beijing (China) Sprint Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) Sprint Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) Team sprint Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) Keirin Silver
2007
UEC U23 European Track Championships , Cottbus (Germany) Team sprint Bronze
UEC U23 European Track Championships , Cottbus (Germany) Sprint Bronze
2006
UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships , Gent (Belgium) Keirin Gold
UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships , Gent (Belgium) Team sprint Gold
UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships , Gent (Belgium) Sprint Gold