Kenny at Our Greatest Team Parade in 2012
|Full name||Jason Francis Kenny|
23 March 1988 |
Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (180 lb; 13 st)|
|Infobox last updated on
22 February 2013
Jason Francis Kenny, OBE (born 23 March 1988) is an English track cyclist, specialising in the individual and team sprints. After winning multiple World and European Junior titles in 2006 and achieving medals in the under 23 European championships in 2007, Kenny was selected ahead of Ross Edgar to compete for Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Along with Chris Hoy and Jamie Staff, he won a gold medal in the team sprint, breaking the world record in the qualifying round. He finished behind team-mate Chris Hoy in the final of the individual sprint, gaining a silver medal.
In January 2012, he gained his first world championship title, after Grégory Baugé's results were nullified after a backdated 12-month ban for missing a drugs test, and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) promoted Kenny to the gold medal. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he won gold medals in both the team sprint and in the individual sprint, beating Baugé in the final.
Jason Kenny, the younger of two brothers, attended Mount St Joseph Business & Enterprise College in the Farnworth area of Bolton. In the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games Kenny visited the school and praised the support he had received from his PE teachers.
Future Stars series
Kenny's first taste of major track competition came when he competed in the Future Stars series, a junior competition held as part of the Revolution series at the Manchester Velodrome. Kenny competed in a number of the ad-hoc events during the first season of the Revolution in 2003/2004. In the second season, he competed in the first fully fledged Future Series competition, taking part in a number of sprint and endurance events for 15–16-year-olds, during the season of 4 track meetings. The series gives youngsters the chance to compete in front of a crowd from an early age, it is noted for showcasing the majority of Britain's young talent. When the 2004/2005 season finished in February 2005, the 16-year-old Kenny finished in the top 10 in the final standings.
During the 2005/2006 racing season, Kenny went on to compete for Great Britain at a junior level as a sprinter and won world titles at the junior world championships. In the 2006/2007 season, he competed at a senior level for the team and took part in a number of World Cup Classics events across the world and Revolution events in Manchester, pitting himself against some of the world's best Sprint riders.
Kenny made his debut in the world championships in 2008, finishing fifth overall in the sprint competition. In the Olympic Games, he made the team sprint squad, replacing Ross Edgar at man 2 in the team just before the Games. The team defeated the French team that had beaten them to the world title in Manchester only months earlier by over half a second. In the sprint competition, Kenny reached the final, but was defeated by his teammate Chris Hoy 2–0. His rise as a cyclist has been rapid. He progressed from competing in a domestic junior series to Olympic Champion in only 3 and a half years.
Kenny was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours and elevated to Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling.
At the London 2012 Olympic Games Kenny won gold in the team sprint with Chris Hoy and Philip Hindes, setting a new world record in the London Velopark with a time of 42.6 seconds. He also won gold in the men's sprint final, setting a new Olympic Record in qualifying and avenging his previous losses to Bauge with a 200m time of 10.308s in his final lap.
Post 2012 Olympics
Following the 2012 Olympics Kenny competed at the 2013 World Championships, he failed to backup his Olympic sprint and Team Sprint titles, finishing 7th and 6th respectively, however he did win the Keirin event, following on from the success of Chris Hoy.
His 2013–14 season started with national titles in all three Olympic spint events, the sprint, team sprint and the keirin. At the first round of the UCI Track World Cup he failed to qualify for the sprint event, whilst finishing 4th in the Keirin and winning a bronze medal in the Team Sprint. At the second round of the world cup he secured silver medals in the Sprint and Team Sprint, but did not contest the Keirin. The World Cup/Championships season finished with the UCI World Championships where he failed to secure any medals, finishing 5th in all three events he contested.
At the Commonwealth Games he won a Silver medal in the Team Sprint. In the Sprint event he qualified 11th out of 12 qualifiers, and went on to lose his first round against Eddie Dawkins of New Zealand. This left him in the repechage where he beat his Great Britain teammates Callum Skinner and Lewis Oliva to make it to the 1/8 finals. Despite his poor form in the early rounds he 1/8 he beat Matthew Glaetzer, the fastest qualifier (qualifying almost half a second quicker) and holder of the Commonwealth Record, in two straight rides, to secure his way into the semi-finals where he beat Peter Lewis after three rides. In the final he won a silver medal, losing 2–1 to Sam Webster.
- 1st British National Team Sprint Championships
- 1st Team Sprint, Round 2, Moscow, 2006–2007 Track World Cup
- 3rd Team Sprint, Round 3, Los Angeles, 2006–2007 Track World Cup
- 3rd British National Team Sprint Championships
- 3rd Team Sprint, European Track Championships (U23)
- 3rd Sprint, European Track Championships (U23)
- 2nd British National Team Sprint Championships
- Team Sprint, Summer Olympics
- Sprint, Summer Olympics
- 1st Sprint, Round 1, Manchester, 2008–2009 Track World Cup
- 1st Team Sprint, Round 1, Manchester, 2008–2009 Track World Cup
- 2nd Keirin, Round 1, Manchester, 2008–2009 Track World Cup
- 2nd Team Sprint, UCI Track World Championships
- 1st Team Sprint, Round 5, Copenhagen, 2008–2009 Track World Cup
- 2nd Team Sprint, Round 1, Manchester, 2009–2010 Track World Cup
- 3rd Sprint, Round 1, Manchester, 2009–2010 Track World Cup
- 2nd Keirin, European Track Championships (U23)
- 2nd Sprint, European Track Championships (U23)
- 2nd Team Sprint, European Track Championships (U23)
- 1st British National Team Sprint Championships
- 1st Keirin European Track Championships
-  Sprint, UCI Track World Championships
- Team Sprint, Summer Olympics
- Individual sprint, Summer Olympics
- 2nd Sprint, UCI Track World Championships
- Keirin, UCI Track World Championships
- 1st Keirin, British National Track Championships
- 1st Sprint, British National Track Championships
- 1st Team Sprint (with Kian Emadi and Matt Crampton), British National Track Championships
- Keirin, European Track Championships
- Sprint, European Track Championships
- 3rd Team Sprint, Round 1, Manchester, 2013–2014 Track Cycling World Cup
- 2nd Sprint, Round 2, Aguascalientes, 2013–2014 Track Cycling World Cup
- 2nd Team Sprint, Round 2, Aguascalientes, 2013–2014 Track Cycling World Cup
- 2014 Commonwealth Games
- 1st Team Sprint (with Callum Skinner and Philip Hindes), British National Track Championships
- 1st Team Sprint, Round 1, Guadalajara, 2014–2015 Track Cycling World Cup
- 2nd Sprint, Round 1, Guadalajara, 2014–2015 Track Cycling World Cup
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