Cycling: Britain's Kenny wins keirin gold to take haul to six

Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:32pm EDT
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By Stephen Eisenhammer

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Britain's Jason Kenny won the men's track cycling keirin on Tuesday, taking his gold medal haul to six and equaling Chris Hoy's record for the country's most Olympic titles.

In a race that was controversially restarted twice without disqualifying any riders, Kenny ultimately had too much pace down the final stretch, recovering from a slow start to finish just clear.

It was his third triumph in Rio, having won in the team sprint and the men's sprint before the keirin.

After taking gold, Kenny embraced his fiance and fellow gold medal winner Laura Trott, who was in tears in the center of the track. Hoy, the sprint cyclist great whose record haul Kenny matched, cheered from the balcony.

"It just felt like a dream. I guess I'm tired. I was just floating through it," Kenny said.

Matthijs Buchli of the Netherlands won silver and Malaysia's Azizulhasni Awang took bronze.

The final was twice stopped after riders were judged to have overtaken too soon the back wheel of the electric bike that sets the pace in early laps.

Usually the riders responsible are disqualified, but on Tuesday, after minutes of tense deliberation, the race was restarted with all six cyclists. The second time, again no riders were disqualified.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Victory Ceremony - Men's Keirin Victory Ceremony - Rio Olympic Velodrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 16/08/2016. Jason Kenny (GBR) of Britain poses with the gold medal.  REUTERS/Matthew Childs