Olympic champion Kenny upbeat ahead of track cycling Worlds
February 19, 2013 07:08 am
Jason Kenny knows the best cure for an Olympic hangover - get out there and do it again.
Kenny won double gold at London 2012 and is competing in three events at this weeks's track cycling World Championships in Minsk.
Despite his career three Olympic golds, Kenny has won only one world title, awarded after France's Gregory Bauge was stripped of the 2011 prize due to an anti-doping infringement.
It was nearly 12 months before he received his rainbow jersey in the bowels of the Olympic Stadium during last year's UCI World Cup in London, an unceremonious ceremony in which he looked a little embarrassed.
"The record books say I'm a world champion and I've got the jersey but it wasn't the best way to win one, it's a bit rubbish doing things by default," he said.
"The dream is to win it properly and I've every chance of putting myself in that position this week.
"The championships after an Olympics are always hard to call but I'm happy with where we are."
Kenny's first medal event is Wednesday's team sprint, where he'll be joined by fellow Olympic champion Philip Hindes and either rising star Kian Emadi or Matt Crampton.
Great Britain hasn't won a team sprint world title since 2009 but Hindes is upbeat, despite the absence of Sir Chris Hoy, who is still deciding on his future plans post-London.
"Preparations have been good and this is what this season is all about," he said. "It's the start of the new Olympic cycle but it's all still exciting for me.
"Having Kenny there ahead of me is a motivation. I want to be riding in the individual events as well but I know how hard he has worked.
"I've got a busy summer planned racing sprint events in Germany and other countries to get the experience of individual competition that I really need."
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