Cycling: Speed king Kenny just wants to walk the dogs

Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:04am EDT
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By Martyn Herman

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Jason Kenny, Britain's new track cycling king, was looking forward to something a little more sedate after his golden rides during a fast and furious week at the Olympic velodrome.

The 28-year-old, known as the Farnworth Flame, won every sprint title in Rio, the team sprint, individual sprint and keirin, taking him level on six Olympic titles with his mentor and idol Chris Hoy as Britain's leading gold medal collector.

After all the hullabaloo of the past five days, when fiance Laura Trott also became the first British woman to win four Olympic golds by claiming the team pursuit and omnium, he was asked if he would finally get time to enjoy Rio's attractions.

"It's funny I love the Olympics and the atmosphere in the village," the self-effacing Kenny told reporters.

"But when your event finishes you just want to go home as soon as possible. I don't like being around. Just want to get home and take the dogs for a walk.

"We live in the middle of nowhere so it suits me down to the ground. I can walk for miles and not see a soul."

Kenny said it was "mental" to be alongside Hoy in Britain's Olympic Hall of Fame -- having matched his former team mate's feat of winning three golds in a single Games.

Hoy collected three in Beijing, the year Kenny won his first gold.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Final - Men's Keirin Final Race for 1st-6th Places - Rio Olympic Velodrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 16/08/2016. Jason Kenny (GBR) of Britain celebrates winning the gold medal. REUTERS/Paul Hanna