Rio 2016: Briton Kenny retains men’s cycling sprint gold

  • Agence France-Presse, Rio de Janeiro:
  • Updated: Aug 15, 2016 10:12 IST
From left: Silver medallist Callum Skinner of Britain, gold medallist Jason Kenny of Britain and bronze medallist Denis Dmitriev of Russia pose with their medals. It was Kenny’s fifth Olympic title. (REUTERS)

Jason Kenny proved he was the boss in the British team, beating room-mate Callum Skinner to retain his Olympic cycling men’s sprint title in Rio on Sunday.

It was his fifth Olympic title, putting him alongside fellow cyclist Bradley Wiggins and former rower Steve Redgrave in second on the all-time British list behind only track cycling great Chris Hoy on six.

Kenny won the first two legs of the sprint final to dominate his teammate, just as Hoy had done to him in Beijing in 2008.

Russia’s Denis Dmitriev beat Matthew Glaetzer of Australia for bronze.

Kenny and Skinner had both broken the former’s Olympic record from London four years ago for the 200-metre sprint in qualifying.

Skinner had shaved a hundredth of a second off the old mark with a run of 9.703sec, but Kenny then smashed that wit a 9.551.

From there on, the British pair, who won team sprint gold on Thursday alongside Philip Hindes, were totally dominant, barring a blip from Kenny in his semi-final.

The 28-year-old lost the first leg to Dmitriev but wo the next two to progress to the final.

It means Britain have won four of the six gold medals decided so far on the track, with further possibilities in the four remaining events to either match or beat the seven they managed in both Beijing and London.

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