Jason Kenny will contest the Men's Sprint at the London Olympics next month after being given the nod ahead of Sir Chris Hoy, the current Olympic Chamion, when the final Team GB track line up was announced this afternoon.
Sir Chris will ride in the Team Sprint, along with Kenny and Philip Hindes with Ross Edgar named as reserve, and will be Team GB's representative in the Keirin in which he is also the defending Olympic Champion.
Sir Chris Hoy struck a supportive note when commenting the final selection:
“Whilst I’m obviously disappointed not to be defending all three of my 2008 Olympic titles in London, Jason thoroughly deserves this opportunity and has a great chance of success in the sprint. I’m now focussed entirely on the Keirin and Team Sprint and my goals for these two events haven’t changed.”
As expected Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish are the British pair for the Women's team spring, with Becky James named as reserve. Pendleton is alsoTeam GB's representative in the keirin. Ed Clancy rides the Men's Omnium and Laura Trott the Women's Omnium.
Speaking of the final selection, British Cycling Performance Director Dave Brailsford said: “We have now finalised our selection for the track events and in particular we have made the decision over who will ride the Sprint. Both Chris and Jason are on great form and that made it a difficult choice but we have decided to select Jason to contest the sprint and Chris will concentrate on the Keirin. We believe this gives us the strongest team possible going into the Games.
Jason Kenny is the form man in the sprint coming in to the Games, and rode to silver medal position in the Mens Sprint at the Track World Championships earlier this year, behind Frenchman Gregory Bauge, he replaced Bauge as world champion last year when the UCI disqualified Bauge following his banning by the French Cycling Federation for wherabouts violations. It goes without saying that Bauge will be the big threat to Kenny in London too.
Men’s Team Sprint
Sir Chris Hoy
(Reserve – Ross Edgar)
Women’s Team Sprint
(Reserve – Becky James)
Men’s Team Pursuit
Women’s Team Pursuit
Sir Chris Hoy
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