'It was just too big an opportunity': Jason Kenny had nothing to lose in Keirin final before coming up with Olympic Gold

“Literally just before we rode off, I didn’t want to be on the front and I said to my coach, ‘if they leave the gap, should I just go?’"

Jason Kenny
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Jason Kenny says the gap afforded to him when he jumped in the men's Keirin final at the Tokyo Olympics was too big of an opportunity to miss, going all-in with his attack off the front and staying away until he crossed the line first, taking his seventh Olympic gold medal.

“It was just too big an opportunity. I didn’t really want to be on the front, I felt like I had a bit of a target on my back with these guys behind," Kenny explained afterward. "When I looked back, I saw a gap, gave it a little squeeze and it got bigger. I just sort of went through it."

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