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Jason Kenny becomes Britain’s most decorated Olympian ever with victory in keirin cycling final

Written by on 08/08/2021

Team GB’s Jason Kenny has become the most decorated British Olympian ever, winning his seventh gold medal with victory in the men’s keirin cycling final on the last day of the Tokyo Olympics.

Kenny comfortably won the keirin final after making an early move to leave the leading pack trailing.

Malaysia’s Mohd Azizulhasni Awang and Dutch rider Harrie Lavreysen won bronze and silver respectively.

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Image: Jason Kenny is now Britain’s most successful Olympian of all time

Kenny overtakes former cyclist Sir Chris Hoy as the most successful British Olympian, and becomes the first ever Team GB athlete to win seven Olympic golds.

Sir Chris won six golds, while Bradley Wiggins and Kenny’s wife Laura have won five.

Laura Kenny could yet add to her medal haul in the women’s omnium, but she has had a mixed day so far after being involved in a nine-cyclist pile up in the first race.

She managed to claw back some points in the tempo, but fell to ninth place after a poor elimination race and faces a tough battle for a medal in the final bout.

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Elsewhere in the Izu Velodrome, British rider Jack Carlin finished in eighth position overall after just missing out on a place in the final.

Laura Kenny had a disappointing start to the women's omnium after she was involved in a crash in the first race and being eliminated early in the third
Image: Laura Kenny had a disappointing start to the women’s omnium after she was involved in a crash in the first race and being eliminated early in the third

And Canada’s Kelsey Mitchell won gold in the women’s sprint race, defeating Ukraine’s Olena Starikova in two sprints.

Hong Kong’s Wai Sze Lee won the bronze medal.

Earlier in the day, British runners appeared in the marathon race but finished well outside the medal places.

Chris Thompson finished in 54th position, but his compatriots Callum Hawkins, who struggled with an ankle injury, and Ben Connor did not finish.

Pre-race favourite Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won gold, with race partners Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands and Belgium’s Bashir Abdi finishing second and third respectively.

 Sky News

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