Cycling: Kenny masters team mate Skinner to win sprint gold

Sun Aug 14, 2016 7:19pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Jason Kenny proved conclusively he is still top dog in the British team, and the world, when it comes to track sprinting, leaving compatriot Callum Skinner in his slipstream to power to a fifth Olympic gold medal on Sunday.

The training partners -- who put the wheels of the British cycling juggernaut in motion with team sprint gold on Thursday -- had set up a head-to-head in the individual final in the Rio velodrome but the 28-year-old Kenny dished out a harsh lesson.

Using all his experience, Kenny responded to the challenge from within the ranks with two dominant rides, winning both heats with something to spare.

Kenny has now won as many gold medals for Britain as fellow cyclist Bradley Wiggins and could take his tally to six when he contests his final event, the keirin, on Tuesday.

The two finalist have been sharing digs in the Olympic Village and know each other's race styles inside out after thousands of training session together.

But come the real thing there was only going to be one winner with world champion Kenny at his devastating best.

"It's really special, it's not really sunk in," Kenny told reporters. "It was weird because we finished the semis yesterday which were a real scrap and had 24 hours to sit on it.

"It's a bit strange and it feels like a bit of a lull now."   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Final - Men's Sprint Final Gold Race - Rio Olympic Velodrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 14/08/2016. Gold medalist Jason Kenny (GBR) of Britain poses with silver medalist Callum Skinner (GBR) of Britain. REUTERS/Matthew Childs