Jason Kenny equalled fellow cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins’ British record of eight Olympic medals as he and wife Laura Kenny won silver in the velodrome at the Tokyo 2020 Games today.
Jason Kenny, Ryan Owens and Jack Carlin missed out on Team GB’s fourth consecutive men’s team sprint title, losing to the Netherlands in the final.
Just 19 minutes earlier, Laura Kenny, Katie Archibald, Neah Evans and Josie Knight were thwarted by Germany in their bid to claim Team GB’s third women’s team pursuit crown in a row.
Laura Kenny, whose tally of four golds is more than any other female British Olympian, now has five medals in total. She could win more later this week in the omnium and madison events.
While Jason Kenny’s eight medals puts him level with Wiggins, Kenny has six golds to Sir Bradley’s five.
The men’s team sprint trio clocked 44.589, more than three seconds behind the Netherlands new Olympic record time of 41.269.
“We poured our heart in the second ride to get into the final and then rolled the dice,” said Jason Kenny, 33.
“We knew we had ground to make up and I just had nothing in the final. I was rubbish but we tried so hard to get there. It’s really special. Every time you come back it gets harder.”
In the women’s team pursuit, Germany set a new world record of 4:04.242 to beat Team GB, who clocked 4:10.607.
“I think they took everyone by surprise. They were the quickest at the worlds it was just in qualifying they didn’t get it right,” said Laura Kenny, 29.
“We knew they were going to go fast but just maybe not that fast. I will just keep turning up and see what happens.”
Team GB are currently fifth in the medal table with 13 golds. China (31) lead from USSA (22), Japan (18) and Australia (14).