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Jason Kenny wants more world titles in Paris

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Jason Kenny says he wants to add more rainbow jerseys to his collection as he prepares for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Paris.

The 26-year-old has won an impressive four Olympic medals - three gold and one silver - over two Games in Beijing and London.

The Bolton-born sprinter has six world medals to his name but only two gold - coming in the individual sprint in 2011 and keirin in 2013 - a tally he wants to increase at the Velodrome de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines between 18 and 22 February.

“I would like to win more world titles,” Kenny said.

“I've got a lot of medals but not a lot of them are gold at a world championships. I've only got two golds so it would be nice to kind of stick a few more in there.”

In addition to spearheading the Great Britain Cycling Team’s hopes in the individual disciplines, Kenny will likely occupy the man-two role in the men’s team sprint.

Great Britain last won gold in the event on the world stage in 2005 - when Jamie Staff, Chris Hoy and Jason Queally won in Los Angeles - and have not graced the podium since 2011 in Apeldoorn.

“It's not that we need to start getting on the podium, it's that we need to start getting our best ride out when it matters,” Kenny said.

“The last couple of years in the world championships from my team personally - the men's team sprint - we have not got the most out of ourselves in qualifying and we've not got a second ride as a result of that.”

Great Britain ended a four-year wait for a men’s team sprint victory in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Mexico last November when Kenny, Philip Hindes and Callum Skinner defeated Germany to take home gold.

Kenny says the result has given the squad belief and that a podium finish in Paris is a “realistic” goal.

“I think we proved that (in Mexico),” said Kenny.

“We weren't the fastest team there and we know that. Although we won the event it was due to other teams kind of falling to bits.

“A few years ago we won an event and we said the same thing there, and it was Dave Brailsford that said 'you didn't win because they fell to bits, you pushed them and they cracked'.

“We need to be there and right behind them, and they need to know, everyone else in the world needs to know, the Germans - who have probably got the fastest team - need to know, that if they get it wrong we will be there picking up the pieces.

“If we get the most out of ourselves we are going to be there or thereabouts, and we should be in with a shout of a medal for sure.”

Kenny also praised Callum Skinner. The Scot has stepped in to the man-three position and gives Great Britain’s coaching staff options for the position alongside the retuning Kian Emadi, who has been out through injury for five months.

“Callum has made a real step forward this year,” Kenny said.

“He started to show really well, I think it was Commonwealth Games time, and then at the national championships he cleaned up and carried that form on to Mexico and did a really, really solid man-three which is something he has struggled with in the last few years.

“So to get someone else up to world standard was really positive and hopefully will help the time we are capable of doing.”

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