Laura Kenny’s dream of winning three medals at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, because cyclist is only suitable for one event at the World Championships next week
- Laura Kenny’s dream of winning three gold medals in Tokyo is in doubt
- Britain’s most successful Olympian broke her shoulder last month
- She is only fit enough to participate in one event at the World Championships
- Kenny won gold in the team pursuit and the individual omnium in 2012 and 2016
Laura Kenny’s dream of winning three gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics is in doubt after being declared fit enough to race in one event at next week’s track cycling world championships.
Britain’s most successful female Olympian broke a shoulder when she crashed at a World Cup event in Canada last month.
27-year-old Kenny avoided surgery so that she could be selected for the Berlin omnium next week, but she will sit outside the team chase and the madison.
The cyclist broke a shoulder when she crashed at a World Cup event in Canada last month
And that has put her on the back foot before the July Games, where she hopes to bring her gold count to seven – more than any Brit has won.
Kenny said: “I can physically cycle, but I cannot do a madison change. I can do a standing start, but it is a very slow standing start that also gets me out of team pursuit.
“I wanted the omnium option to be chosen on the worlds. If I had had the operation, I would not have done it. I would still be far away, even on the job.
“The shoulder is much less painful than I thought it would be, but it has taken a lot out of my recovery.”
Kenny won gold in the team pursuit and the individual omnium in London 2012 and Rio 2016. Tokyo will be the first time the two-person madison is part of the women’s track cycling for the Olympic Games and Kenny is one of the four GB girls who compete for a place.
Britain’s most successful female Olympian hopes to bring her gold figures to seven in Tokyo
Elinor Barker and Neah Evans ride the madison in Berlin with Katie Archibald – who won the event at the 2018 World Championships with Emily Nelson – miss the other woman.
Although Kenny will probably still be selected in the team chase for Tokyo, her chances of playing in the madison are now low, especially if Barker and Evans perform well in Berlin.
In the men’s team, Britain’s rising star Ethan Hayter, 21, was also hit in his attempt to run all three events in Tokyo.
He has been selected for the team pursuit at the World Championships, which will be led by triple Olympic champion Ed Clancy, as well as the madison with Ollie Wood.
Hater has been overlooked for the omnium on next week’s track cycling
But Hayter has been overlooked for the omnium in favor of Matt Walls despite winning bronze in the event at the World Championships last year in Poland.
British Cycling selectors do not have to decide which riders will race in which events until they are actually in Tokyo.
But cyclists see the selection for the World Championship as an important indicator of their chances of being selected for events at the Games.