Kenny takes Olympic sprint spot

19 July 2012 / 17:16

Sir Chris Hoy will not defend his individual sprint title at the London Olympics, British Cycling have confirmed.

The Scot, 36, will compete in the men's keirin while team-mate Jason Kenny will contest the sprint.

British cycling performance director Dave Brailsford had elected the leave the decision on who will contest the sprint as late as possible, but Kenny has been given the nod after he finished in second place ahead of Hoy at the World Championships in Melbourne earlier this year.

Hoy and Kenny will both compete in the men's team sprint alongside Philip Hindes and reserve Ross Edgar.

Hoy said: "Whilst I'm obviously disappointed not to be defending all three of my 2008 Olympic titles in London, Jason thoroughly deserves this opportunity and has a great chance of success in the sprint.

"I am now focused entirely on the keirin and team sprint and my goals for those two events haven't changed."