The six-time Olympic champion Kason Kenny has announced that he intends to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Games after previously considering retirement.
Kenny won three gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics to add to his three previous golds and one silver to bring his tally level with the British record holder Sir Chris Hoy.
Last month Kenny had his first child with the four-time Olympic champion Laura Trott who he married in September 2016. However, despite talk of retirement he has now said that he is preparing to take part in his fourth Olympics.
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Speaking last week he said, “To be honest, after Rio, I’d pretty much made my decision to walk away from cycling. But after taking a year out, getting married and having our first child, I felt refreshed. Before I knew it, I was training again. I feel like I’m 18 and starting all over again. Competing at Revolution in January will be the first step on the path to Tokyo.”
His break after the Rio Olympics was the first time that he had an extended sabbatical since he emerged at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing where he won his first gold in the team sprint aged 20 alongside Hoy.
He won silver in the individual event. Hoy took gold and become the first Briton in 100 years to win three golds in one Games.
However, Kenny matched that achievement in Rio winning the team and individual sprints and the keirin. In between, he won the team sprint and individual sprint gold medals at London 2012.
Kenny added, “Tokyo is a long way off at the moment and I’ve never really been motivated by records. I’ve just always tried to be the fastest and best I can be. Having said that, to win more gold medals than any other British Olympian would be an amazing achievement.”