Wow! Jason Kenny Makes History – Becomes First British Athlete to Win 7 Gold Medals at the Olympics

Published 08/09/2021, 9:19 AM EDT


British cyclist Jason Kenny becomes the first athlete from Great Britain to win 7 Olympic gold medals. The legendary cyclist won his 7th gold at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. He won the men’s Keirin final.

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He was way ahead of his competition and rode past the finish line with a clear lead. His wife Laura has also won four Olympic gold medals. His wife also made history, becoming the first British woman to win a gold medal at three Olympics events.

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Jason Kenny – A historic career

Kenny is the product of British cycling’s Rider Route. At 17, in 2005, he had already won his first Nation Track Cycling Championship in the team sprint.

After winning Gold medals at the 2006 UCI Junior World Track Cycling Championships and the 2006 UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Moscow, Kenny was in contention for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Kenny won his first gold medal and another silver medal at the Beijing Olympics. He also set a world record during qualifying of the Team sprint event. He won the Silver in the individual sprint, finishing behind his teammate, Sir Christopher Hoy.

At his home Olympics in London 2012, Kenny qualified for the individual sprint ahead of teammate Hoy. The British broke the team sprint record twice and won the Gold against their rivals, France. Kenny then won gold in the individual sprint.

Rio brought more glory for the Briton as he won the Team sprint for the third time in a row. He also won the individual sprint and the men’s Keirin at the Rio Olympics. After Rio, he secretly retired, before announcing a comeback for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Tokyo Olympics 2020

Jason Kenny was not as dominant as before during qualifying for the individual sprints and Keirin. The British gave up their team sprint title at the Tokyo games, and Kenny also gave up his individual sprint title.

He defended his Keirin title, which he won in Rio. The 33-year-old looked like he was in a league of his own, winning by 0.763 seconds. He was ecstatic after winning his latest Olympic gold medal.

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“It is a bit of shock I think, I really wanted to cross the finish line. Obviously, I am absolutely buzzing. Going into the final, I didn’t expect anything other than a five, really. I was hoping to kind of get stuck in and hopefully, come away with some silverware. To win at the corner on my own like that is absolutely buzzing.” Kenny said.

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The Briton will now enjoy a well-deserved holiday with his wife and child.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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