Jason Kenny admits to cycling into the unknown in Tokyo 2020 as six-time gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy looks set to surpass Team GB’s most successful Olympian EVER
Jason Kenny says he is riding into the unknown ahead of his quest for history in Tokyo 2020.
The six-time gold medalist will surpass former teammate Sir Chris Hoy to become Britain’s most successful Olympian if he wins another medal.
But while this is his fourth Games, Kenny admits he has never been more uncertain about his prospects, as the pandemic means there have been no major international events since the World Championship in February 2020.
Jason Kenny says he’s riding into the unknown ahead of his quest for history in Tokyo 2020 Tokyo
Kenny (center) will overtake Sir Chris Hoy (right) to become Britain’s most successful Olympian if he wins another medal at the Tokyo Games
In Berlin, Kenny, Jack Carlin and Ryan Owens could only claim silver behind the Netherlands in the team sprint, while Kenny was eliminated before the medal races in the individual sprint and keirin.
However, like the British team, the 33-year-old is known for peaking when it really matters and is expected to be the strength of yesteryear with full Olympic gear and taper at the Izu Velodrome.
“No one has come together for this long so we have absolutely no idea what to expect from everyone,” said Kenny, who is currently at Team GB’s cycling camp in Newport, Wales ahead of his first race here on August 2.
“The World Cup was a year and a half ago and that is such a long time in the life of a sportsman or a team. So much changes in that time.
“Until you put it on the starting line, we literally have no idea how competitive we’re going to be. But we worked really hard to try and use those extra 12 months as an opportunity because we weren’t the dominant team and we had to find some form.
“In the end it will benefit some people and hurt others. We just want to be on the right side there.
“Our numbers were good and we’re in a good place.”
Kenny secretly retired after winning three golds in Rio 2016 before returning a year later. He admits he could even go on to Paris 2024.
Kenny’s wife Laura (left) wants to expand her own record of four gold medals in Tokyo
“After Rio I wasn’t going to continue, but here I am,” adds Kenny, whose wife Laura rides three times, chasing her own record of four gold medals.
‘After this I am very relaxed. I have enjoyed the training for the past four years. I don’t have any plans after the last day of the Olympics. Then I will see how I feel and see what I want to do.
“Maybe I’d choose to continue. I might decide I don’t really want that. But then I might not have a choice – maybe I’ll be pushed out of the team.’