Jason Kenny takes sprint world title as British sprinters reveal their true colours

Britain’s male sprinters came out firing on all cylinders in the individual sprint today with Jason Kenny winning gold and Callum Skinner taking a huge leap forward in his career making it through to the quarter finals and beating nine-time world champion Gregory Bauge along the way.

Jason Kenny wins the sprint title, Track World Championships 2016

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Jason Kenny has become known for only performing to his full potential in Olympic year. He did nothing to dispel that stereotype when he won the sprint world title against Matthew Glaetzer today. Kenny beat the Australian 2-1 to take the second sprint world title of his career and remind anyone who doubted him over the last two years that he will be the man to beat in Rio.

Kenny, the reigning Olympic sprint champion, hasn't made a sprint final since the 2012 worlds (ahead of London), and finished down in 14th place just 12 months ago in Paris. His performances in Olympic compared to non Olympic years has even the British coaches scratching their heads as to why it varies so greatly.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.