Jason Kenny: I’m here to stay

 

Jason Kenny is going nowhere and feels a remodelled mentality will help him go deep into a second decade at the top of track cycling. The six-time Olympic champion vowed to walk away after Rio, when he became the second Brit after Chris Hoy to win three gold medals at a single Games.
Kenny returned after a year off in 2017 – a break that contains to sustain him as he looks to compete beyond the 2020 Olympics, postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19.

“Last time I was hell bent on retiring after Rio and I had a year away and drifted back into it,” Kenny told BBC Sport.
“Now I’m happy to plod along and go with how I feel. I’m not making any decisions on anything – just go with the flow.
“Since coming back after that year off I’ve just been determined to enjoy it and do what I want and stick to the bits I like. That’s what I’ve been doing.

 

“Inevitably (postponement) will have helped some people and it will hinder other people.
“All we have to make sure is that we’re at the right end of that and make sure we’re the ones cashing in on the extra 12 months.
“We’ll do our best – obviously another year older, but hopefully another year faster as well. We just have to keep pushing.
“Our job remains the same now as it was when the Olympics was this year in that we’ve just got to make the most of every second that we have.”

Kenny has stood on top step in team sprint at the last three Olympic Games, a golden run in a single event only equalled by Ben Ainslie in sailing’s Finn class.
Silver at the 2020 World Championships, alongside Ryan Owens and Jack Carlin, behind a world record-breaking Dutch team suggested another tilt at the podium looms in Tokyo.
A medal of any colour would take Kenny past Hoy and see him crowned Britain’s most decorated Olympian.

But the Boltonian believes he might be upstaged by his nearest and dearest with wife Laura poised to take on three events at the Izu Velodrome. Four-time Olympic champion Laura is poised to add the madison to her programme of events, alongside the omnium and team pursuit double she pulled off in London and Rio

. “It’s not something I think about, really, but it would obviously be nice,” said the 32-year-old. “Laura will probably come along and trump it anyway. So it would be short-lived even if I did get it.”