Kenny is sprint king as Gaviria wins omnium

Sat Mar 5, 2016 6:01pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Jason Kenny fired a timely warning to those targeting his Olympic crown when he swooped to land sprint gold at the world track championships in front of a partisan home crowd on Saturday.

The 27-year-old British rider battled back from losing the opening race of the best-of-three final against Australian flyer Matthew Glaetzer to edge the next two.

It was his first world sprint title for five years and will send him to Rio in August as the man to beat.

"Those last two rides were tough," said Kenny who won the individual and team sprints at the same London velodrome in the 2012 Olympics.

"We were both knackered to be honest. It was a real slog, it wasn't the prettiest race of the day," he told reporters as his smiling girlfriend Laura Trott warmed up for her elimination race in the omnium.

Kenny was under pressure when Glaetzer took the opener by 0.002 of a second but responded superbly to keep the hosts at the top of the medals table with three golds, one of them won by Trott in the scratch race earlier this week.

Russian Denis Dmitriev took the bronze.

Colombia's Fernando Rendon Gaviria won the men's omnium title for the second year running, underlining his credentials for Olympic gold after an enthralling finale to the multi-discipline event that spans two days.   Continued...

UCI World Track Cycling Championships - London, Britain - 5/3/2016 - Jason Kenny of Britain celebrates winning the men's sprint final. REUTERS/Matthew Childs