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Jason Kenny wins historic seventh Olympic gold medal in Tokyo

"When you look back on the medals you’ve already got it seems really easy and then when you try and get more you remember how hard it was" ...

Jason Kenny has become the first Briton in history to win seven Olympic gold medals after taking a stunning victory in the men's keirin. 

The 33-year-old shocked the rest of the field as he sprinted clear with three laps remaining.

Kenny crossed the finish line 0.763 seconds ahead of Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia. Harrie Lavreysen of the Netherlands took the bronze.

Kenny said when he saw he had a gap on the rest of the riders he thought, 'oh sod it. It’s now or never.'

It is his ninth Olympic medal overall. He won silver in the team sprint at the Izu Velodrome to become GB's most decorated Olympian earlier this week but was unable to defend his individual sprint title.

His seventh gold medal means he has one more than former team-mate Sir Chris Hoy. 

Speaking after the race, Kenny said: "I’ve just been racing every race like it's my last.

"Just trying to survive and I think because I rode every round like the final when I got to the final I was pretty well rehearsed."

When asked what it felt like to be the most decorated British Olympian in history, he said:  "It's really special, every time we come back when you look back on the ones you’ve already got it seems really easy and then when you try and get more you remember how hard it was.

"You always look back with rose tinted glasses. I think that is something we battle in British cycling. We always look back four years and it always looks really easy.

"It's easy to forget the hard work that goes into it."

His wife, Laura Kenny, GB's most successful female athlete, recovered from a crash in her first event to finish sixth in her bid for a third successive omnium title.

Speaking about Jason's performance, she told BBC Sport: "The amount of people who came up to me afterwards and were like 'I'd have counted him out of this' - and to be honest, so had I!

"I was speaking to him last night and he was like 'I just want to go home'. Then obviously he won - just typical Jason, that."

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kil0ran | 2 years ago

Was a brilliant night's watching. Unexpectedly woke up just after the big crash in the omnium and stayed with it to just gone 5am. Eurosport coverage brilliant as always, and much praise also to the rigorous timetable for velodrome events, never more than a few minutes to wait for more action. In 40 years of watching kierin I've never seen anything like that final. Aussie rider completely dropped the ball there, and I loved the all or nothing approach from Kenny, much like Worthington in the BMX.

Psi163 replied to kil0ran | 2 years ago

Just stunning. Could watch that performance over and over again...

kil0ran replied to Psi163 | 2 years ago
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I was watching with sound off and assumed it was a false start like back in Rio when he overlapped the derny, couldn't believe it. Greatest keirin rider ever.

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