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Britain’s star cycling couple Jason and Laura Kenny win silvers in first races at Tokyo Olympics

Written by on 03/08/2021

Team GB’s husband and wife cycling stars Jason and Laura Kenny have both won silver medals in their first races at the Tokyo Olympics.

Laura Kenny, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker lost out to Germany in the women’s team pursuit squad as the winners won gold in a new world record time.

Jason Kenny missed the first of his three chances to move clear of Sir Chris Hoy’s Olympic gold medal tally as Great Britain took silver in the men’s team sprint in Izu.

Kenny, tied with Hoy on six, rode alongside Jack Carlin and Ryan Owens, but the trio were comfortably beaten by the all-conquering Netherlands, who set a new Olympic record of 41.369 seconds.

With the British riders struggling to hold one another’s wheels, they finished three seconds down on the Dutch, who have not been beaten in a team sprint event since 2017.

Owens called their silver medal a “dream come true”.

Both Laura and Jason Kenny will be taking part in two more races in the Games over the next few days.

 Sky News

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