Jason Kenny: Carlin is the benchmark now


With the Tokyo Olympic games just six months away, six-time Olympic gold medallist, Jason Kenny, believes Scot Jack Carlin is the benchmark for all British track sprinters this season.

Kenny has been the stand-out male cyclist in recent Olympics, winning gold and silver in 2008, two golds in 2012 before claiming a hat-trick of golds at Rio in 2016. However, despite his pedigree, Carlin has really taken it to his elder statesman in recent seasons, with the 22-year-old from Paisley bursting onto the scene winning World, European and Commonwealth medals over the past couple of seasons.

Carlin has yet to make his Olympic debut, but with Tokyo 2020 just months away, it is Carlin who Kenny thinks everyone on the British sprint should be striving to match.
“He’s really stepped up this season, there’s no doubt about that,” said Kenny. “He’s made that second position (in the team sprint) his own and he’s been our benchmark in the sprint and keirin for a couple of years.”

Rather than being miffed at being usurped at the top of the pile though, Kenny has been delighted to see the Scot develop into a rider of such calibre. And particularly as the team sprint, which Kenny and Carlin are both part of, is a very real chance for Olympic gold, the Englishman is delighted to see his fellow sprinter flourishing.

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