OLYMPIC gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy believes rival Jason Kenny can succeed at London 2012 after the 24-year-old replaced him as Team GB’s individual sprint track cyclist.
Having been chosen to ride in both the keirin and team sprint, Hoy remains in a position to retain two of the three gold medals won during the 2008 Beijing Olympics and, having also won the time trial at the Athens Games in 2004 could yet surpass Sir Steve Redgrave’s record of five Olympic golds.
“Whilst I’m obviously disappointed not to be defending all three of my 2008 Olympic titles in London, Jason thoroughly deserves this opportunity and has a great chance of success in the sprint,” said Hoy.
“I am now focused entirely on the keirin and team sprint and my goals for those two events haven’t changed.”
Kenny’s selection follows victory over Hoy during the semi-finals of this year’s World Championships in Melbourne before defeat in the final to London 2012 favourite Gregory Bauge. Alongside Hoy and Kenny, Philip Hindes completes the men’s team sprint team.