Jason Kenny becomes Britain’s greatest Olympian with silver in team sprint

Jason Kenny passed Sir Bradley Wiggins as Britain’s most prolific Olympian as he won his eighth medal at the Games in the men’s team pursuit in Tokyo

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Jason Kenny became Britain’s greatest Olympian with a silver medal in the men’s team sprint.

Kenny joined Sir Bradley Wiggins on eight medals, but has six gold to five for his former teammate.

He had been tied with Sir Chris Hoy on seven, with the Scotsman also owning six gold, but now officially becomes his country’s most decorated Olympian.

Kenny, along with teammates Ryan Owens and Jack Carlin, were aiming for a fourth consecutive Olympic team pursuit crown but were huge underdogs against the Netherlands.

The Dutch won the final comfortably, crossing the finish line in an Olympic record time of 41.369 seconds, followed by Great Britain in 44.589.

Kenny is officially Britain’s most decorated Olympian


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Kenny has two more chances to win a medal in Tokyo and take the top spot in terms of the number of Olympic medals won by a Briton.

He was generally humble after making history, telling the BBC: “It was really good, I think we put all our hearts into the second race to get into the final, we knew we had a way to go. I had nothing in the final, I sucked, but we tried so hard to get there.

“It’s really special, every time you come back it gets harder, you do your first Olympics and you get some momentum, but to repeat it and do it over and over again.

“We’re going to give it our all, we focus on team spirit, it was always our best chance to get on the podium, we’re going to give it our all.”

Earlier, Kenny’s wife Laura won her fifth Olympic medal taking silver in the women’s team pursuit behind world record-setting Germany.

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