British Cyclist Set to Become a Dame After Making History at the Tokyo Olympics

Published 08/10/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Cycling – Track – Women’s Madison – Medal Ceremony – Izu Velodrome, Shizuoka, Japan – August 8, 2021. Gold medallist Laura Kenny of Britain poses with the Union Jack at the last day of the cycling track events. REUTERS/Matthew Childs


British cyclist Laura Kenny put on yet another impressive performance on the Olympic stage. Making her third appearance in the Games, the 29-year-old added two more Olympic medals to her tally in track cycling events.

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While she made history with her performance in Tokyo, there are more honors in store for Kenny. Owing to her outstanding performances, she will become a Dame in the New Year’s Honours list.

Laura Kenny set to be a Dame after clinching two medals in the Tokyo Olympics

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Kenny made her Olympic debut in the 2012 London Olympics. In that edition of the Games, she won gold medals in the team pursuit and omnium disciplines. Four years later in Rio, she repeated the same success to make her a medal favorite heading into Tokyo.

Although she didn’t win a gold medal in team pursuit this year, she secured her fifth overall Olympic gold medal in the Madison discipline with her teammate Katie Archibald. With six Olympic medals, she is the most decorated female cyclist of all-time.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Cycling – Track – Women’s Omnium – Tempo Race – Izu Velodrome, Shizuoka, Japan – August 8, 2021. Laura Kenny of Britain reacts after the omnium race 2 of 4. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

In addition, she also became the first British woman to win Olympic gold in three different editions of the Games, while becoming the most decorated British female athlete.

For her accomplishments, the United Kingdom will reward her with the title of Dame. She looks set to receive this honor in the upcoming New Year’s Honours later this year.

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Laura’s husband Jason Kenny could also receive Knighthood

Jason Kenny is the most decorated British Olympian with nine medals (seven gold and two silver) to his name. Although he didn’t add another gold medal in the team sprint event, he added a gold medal in the Keirin event to his success from the Rio Olympics.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Cycling – Track – Men’s Keirin – Medal Ceremony – Izu Velodrome, Shizuoka, Japan – August 8, 2021. Gold medallist Jason Kenny and his wife Laura of Britain pose with their medals and a British flag. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

He could also be in line for receiving a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours. This would make them the first couple to receive Knighthood and Damehood simultaneously. In addition, Laura also looks a favorite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, edging out diver Tom Daley and swimmer Adam Peaty.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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