Jason Kenny tips wife Laura for British Olympic gold medal record
Jason Kenny verwacht dat zijn vrouw Laura de meest succesvolle Olympiër van Groot-Brittannië wordt, ook al behaalt hij die prestatie volgend jaar in Tokio.
Jason and retired fellow track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy share the British record with six gold medals, while Laura is the most successful woman with four.
“Laura will probably come along and trump it anyway,” 32-year-old Kenny told BBC Sport. “So it would be short-lived even if I did get it.”
Asked about the possibility of overtaking Hoy, he insisted: “It’s not something I think about, really – but it would be nice, obviously.”
Jason secretly retired after Rio but said in 2017 he had reversed his decision with a view to competing at this summer’s Tokyo Games, which have been postponed for one year because of the coronaviruis pandemic. It could be that in order for Laura to overtake him she may need to continue beyond Paris 2024 as he has no intention of retiring post-Tokyo.
“Last time I was hell bent on retiring after Rio and I had a year away and drifted back into it,” he said.
Kenny is among the first dozen GB cyclists who have returned to training at the Manchester velodrome after a two-month hiatus because of the coronavirus lockdown. Several new health and safety measures are in place to minimise the risk of Covid-19 infection.
“We have an app to assess our health as well as a temperature check when we enter the building,” he said. “There’s a one-way system corridor that runs all the way outside the track and it’s all about social distancing.
Sprinter Kenny, who trained on static rollers at home as well as doing road rides during the lockdown, added: “The track is so specific. You just can’t replicate being on wood, being on that bike, in that position, and doing the effort. “It was a long time to be away from that and it feels a bit alien initially, but you soon get back into the groove.”
Kenny and his sprint team-mates hope they can use the enforced Olympic delay to work towards overcoming a Netherlands team who have dominated the track for the past two years.