Jason Kenny CBE

Jason Kenny CBE

Six-Time Gold Medal-winning Track Cyclist

Synopsis

Alongwith former teammate Sir Chris Hoy, Jason is Britain’s most successful Olympian with six gold medals from three Games to his name.

Biography

Jason Kenny is a six-time Olympic gold medal winning track cyclist. Along with his one-time teammate Sir Chris Hoy, he is Britain’s most successful Olympian winning his sixth medal at the Rio Olympic Games.

After his first taste of competitive track cycling as part of the Revolution series of events held in Manchester near his home, Jason quickly proved himself to be a cycling talent. Taking junior titles within a few years he was marked out as a natural sprinter and within four years of competing was already beating some of the world’s best riders.

Although still relatively young, Jason joined the highly-rated British team for the Beijing Olympics. In China he took gold in the team pursuit alongside Chris Hoy, only to be beaten into silver position by the Scotsman in the individual sprint. Four years later in London he was an established member of the world-beating squad. He was again part of the team pursuit gold medallists, and his third gold came in the individual sprint, setting a new world record along the way.

Despite a difficult run-up in the World Championships, Jason and the team faced the Rio Games ready to repeat their previous successes. Once again he took team pursuit gold, only this time he also took gold in the individual sprint, and in the Keirin (one of the most popular track events in which cyclists sprint after a number of laps spent behind a pace-setting electric bike). His total of six gold medals made him jointly Britain’s most successful Olympian (although friend and former teammate Chris Hoy points out he remains ahead of him thanks to his position in the alphabet). Jason’s win made for a memorable Olympic night which also saw his fiancée Laura Trott win gold (her fourth overall) and contributed to Britain’s most successful ever Olympics.

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