Tokyo Olympics: Jason and Laura Kenny both claim track cycling silver

Tokyo Olympics: Jason Kenny equals medal record with silver in men’s team sprint
Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Jason Kenny became Great Britain’s most decorated Olympian as team sprint silver brought an eighth medal, after wife Laura took team pursuit silver.

GB’s men had won the team sprint at the past three Games, while the women won the team pursuit in 2012 and 2016.

The women’s team of Kenny, Katie Archibald, Neah Evans and Josie Knight were beaten as a dominant German side set a new world record of 4:04.242.

Kenny, Ryan Owens and Jack Carlin lost their final to the Netherlands.

Great Britain’s hopes of a fourth successive Olympic title in the men’s team pursuit ended in dramatic fashion, with a crash in their heat against Denmark.

Denmark’s Frederik Madsen hit the back of Charlie Tanfield, who was a late replacement after Ed Clancy announced his retirement, but the Danes qualified for Thursday’s final because they had caught up with the GB team.

Jason Kenny, 33, now has six gold medals and two silvers – equalling the total medal haul of Sir Bradley Wiggins, although Kenny has one more gold and silver.

Kenny, who temporarily retired after Rio 2016 before returning a year later, could still increase his tally when he defends his individual sprint and keirin titles later this week.

“Every time you come back, it gets harder,” he said.

“You do your first Olympics and you’re caught up in the momentum. I had nothing left in the final.

“I’m really happy with where we are – we’ll give it everything in the next few days and see if we can get something out of that.”

Great Britain's most decorated Olympians

Laura Kenny, 29, is already the most successful British female Olympian with four golds and one silver, although equestrian rider Charlotte Dujardin is the most decorated with three golds, one silver and two bronze medals.

Should she win gold in the omnium or madison later in the week, Kenny will be the first British woman to have won an Olympic title at three Games.

Tokyo Olympics: Silver for GB in women’s team pursuit as Germany set world record again

Kenny broke her shoulder in January 2020 but the postponement of the Games gave her enough time to recover and compete.

GB’s women finished in 4:10.607, with Elinor Barker also getting a silver after racing in the heats, and the bronze medal went to the United States as they beat Canada with a time of 4:08.040.

Kenny said of the Germans: “We knew they were going to go fast, just not that fast.”

Team-mate Evans added: “We’re defending champions, there’s big expectation for British cycling because we do have such a strong reputation, but there are so many strong nations that came out fighting.

“It wasn’t to be this time, but we’ll be back in Paris [2024].”

In the team sprint, the men recorded a time of 44.589, while the Netherlands set an Olympic record of 41.269 and France beat Australia to bronze in 42.331.

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