Jason Kenny CBE

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Six-Time Gold Medal-winning Track Cyclist

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Synopsis

Jason is Britain’s most successful Olympian with seven Olympic gold medals to his name.

Biography

Jason Kenny is a seven-time Olympic gold medal winning track cyclist, making him Britain’s most successful Olympian after his victory at the 2020 Tokyo 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).

For a period of time, Jason shared the title of Britain’s most successful Olympian with his friend and former teammate, Chris Hoy. Before being overtaken by Jason in 2021, Chris had said that Jason's position in the alphabet already put him ahead. Jason is married to gold-winning British Olympian Laura Kenny, with whom he has a son, Albert.

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