21 Facts About Jason Kenny

1.

Sir Jason Francis Kenny, was born on 23 March 1988 and is an English former track cyclist, specialising in the individual and team sprints.

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2.

Jason Kenny is the single holder of the records for both most Olympic golds and Olympic medals for a cyclist.

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3.

Jason Kenny finished behind Hoy in the final of the individual sprint, gaining a silver medal.

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4.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics Jason Kenny again won in the Team Sprint and the Individual Sprint, and won the Keirin.

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5.

Jason Kenny's parents are Lorraine and Michael Jason Kenny, and he has an older brother, Craig.

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6.

Jason Kenny was educated at Mount St Joseph School in Farnworth.

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7.

Jason Kenny was a keen sportsperson during his youth, showing ability as a football goalkeeper as well as playing cricket and tennis, but having learned to ride a bicycle at a young age, became involved in track racing when he and his brother attended a track session at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, when an uncle had booked a session and had some spare places.

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8.

Jason Kenny made his debut in the world championships in 2008, finishing fifth overall in the sprint competition.

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9.

Jason Kenny progressed from competing in a domestic junior series to Olympic Champion in only 3 and a half years.

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10.

Jason Kenny was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 New Year Honours.

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11.

At the 2012 World Championships, Jason Kenny took a silver in the sprint behind Gregory Bauge and a bronze in the keirin.

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12.

At the London 2012 Olympic Games Jason Kenny won gold in the team sprint with Chris Hoy and Philip Hindes, setting a new world record in the London Velopark with a time of 42.

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13.

Jason Kenny won gold in the men's sprint final, setting a new Olympic record in qualifying and avenging his previous losses to Bauge with a 200m time of 10.

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14.

Jason Kenny was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling.

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15.

At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Jason Kenny won gold in the men's team sprint with Philip Hindes and Callum Skinner.

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16.

Jason Kenny won gold in the men's individual sprint, beating Callum Skinner in the final after losing just one ride, to eventual bronze medallist Denis Dmitriev in the semi-finals.

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17.

Jason Kenny was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to cycling.

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18.

Jason Kenny made his comeback at a round of the Revolution series at Manchester Velodrome in January 2018, setting the fastest time in sprint qualifying ahead of a field that included rival Gregory Bauge and placing second in the sprint and keirin competitions.

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19.

Jason Kenny returned to international championship competition at the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn, where he was part of the silver medal-winning squad in the team sprint alongside Hindes, Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens and Joseph Truman, earning Team GB's first team sprint medal at the World Championships since 2011.

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20.

Jason Kenny was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to cycling, and therefore granted the title sir.

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21.

Jason Kenny is a motorsport enthusiast and has participated in car racing in his spare time, including racing a Ginetta G40, and scored a podium finish in a round of the Radical European Masters at the Nurburgring in 2014.

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