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Jason Kenny wins gold in the men’s keirin


Great Britain’s Jason Kenny claimed gold in the men’s keirin after beating Netherland’s Matthijs Buchli and Malaysia’s Azizulhasni Awang.

Kenny gold’s in the keirin means he has now equalled fellow cyclists Sir Chris Hoy’s British record of six Olympic gold medals, while surpassing Sir Steve Redgrave’s record an hour after his fiancée Laura Trott defended her omnium title, after she became the first British woman to win four Olympic gold medals.

The GB cyclist had already won two golds at the Rio Olympics, in the team sprint and the individual sprint, before this gold in the Keirin.

Jason Kenny had to agonisingly watch his fiancée, Laura Trott, win gold in the Omnium just before his Keirin final. This didn’t help his nerves and when the race had to be restarted twice you had to worry about his focus. But as always Kenny delivered when it mattered most and managed to win his third gold of the Rio Olympics.

“I’m proud to be part of the team’s Olympic success and doing my bit,” Kenny told BBC Sport.

“It is pretty mental matching Sir Chris Hoy. I was there in Beijing and knew he was special. As the years have gone by I appreciated how amazing he was then.

“To do the same is amazing.”

Gold for Kenny in the men’s Keirin marks as end to the Rio 2016 Olympic track cycling programme. The track cycling has been hugely successful for Team GB with six golds, fours silvers and one bronze

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