Published on 6 Aug 2012 Sections

Jason Kenny wins gold in the cycling sprint

Jason Kenny wins Team GB’s next cycling gold medal in the sprint final against France’s Gregory Bauge.

Cycling Track

Kenny was competing against three-times sprint world champion Gregory Bauge in the final – a best-of-three velodrome race. Kenny went 1-0 up in the first of the three contests between himself and French three-times world champion Bauge.

The Team GB cyclist then held off the Frenchman in the second race to win the final 2-0 and take home the gold. Shane Perkins of Australia one the bronze medal contest.

The road to success

Kenny, of Bolton, took silver at Beijing in the individual sprint and was, alongside Chris Hoy, won gold in the team sprint. He won the silver at the most recent World Championships, and took gold the year before.

He was picked ahead Sir Chris Hoy to compete in Team GB’s only men’s sprint spot.

The 24-year-old started cycling as a hobby, but started toaking it more seriously after a ride on the Manchester velodrome led him to join Eastlands Velo club.

Cycling success

Team GB has been enjoying a great time in the cycling with golds in the women’s team pursuit, men’s team sprint, men’s team pursuit, and Victoria Pendleton picking up the gold in the women’s keirin.

Ed Clancy also picked up bronze in the men’s omnium.

Victoria Pendleton was also competing today in the women’s sprint quarter-finals and easily qualified for teh semi-final.