Kenny counting on more British golds

07 August 2012 / 07:16

Jason Kenny is expecting Great Britain's Olympic velodrome gold rush to continue on Tuesday's final day of track cycling at London 2012 after he claimed victory in the men's sprint.

Kenny secured his third Olympic title and second of the London 2012 track programme which Britain have dominated, scooping five gold medals from seven events.

Victoria Pendleton, Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott are set to ride for glory and it is possible Britain could surpass their Beijing bounty of seven gold medals from 10 events.

Kenny and Hoy share the same birthday, 12 years apart, with the Scot seeking a British record sixth Olympic gold in the keirin to overtake Sir Steve Redgrave.

Kenny, who played down the prospect of one day reaching that mark, has backed his team-mate to triumph, particularly after witnessing the jaw-dropping Melbourne manoeuvre which saw the Scot take Track Cycling World Championships gold in April.

Kenny said: "He's quite complete when it comes to keirin racing. It will take something pretty special to beat him.

"There's no reason, barring any major incidents, that Chris won't be driving it home."

Kenny also backed Pendleton, who was set to meet Kristina Vogel of Germany in the best-of-three sprint semi-finals, with Australia's Anna Meares and China's Guo Shuang in action in the second semi-final.

The 31-year-old from Stotfold was seeking a third gold to become Britain's most successful female Olympian ahead of athlete Kelly Holmes, swimmer Rebecca Adlington and sailors Shirley Robertson, Sarah Ayton and Sarah Webb. Meares was her most likely opponent after making similarly straightforward progress to the last four.

Kenny said: "If those two do meet, there's no doubt it's going to be a humdinger, but there's no reason to believe that Vicky doesn't have the legs. She's on fire. She's worked on her weaknesses to the point where she hasn't really got many to exploit."