Jason Kenny has been selected ahead of Sir Chris Hoy to contest the track sprint at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
With only one place available per nation for the individual sprint, a tough call had to be made for the final selection – with Kenny given the nod ahead of 2008 Olympic sprint champion Hoy. It means that Hoy will not be able to match his three gold medals from the Beijing Games: sprint, team sprint and keirin.
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It also means that one of the most exciting, popular and consistent riders will be absent from the sprint event due to rider number restrictions.
“Both Chris and Jason are on great form and that made it a difficult choice but we have decided to select Jason to contest the sprint and Chris will concentrate on the Keirin,” said British team performance director David Brailsford.
“We believe this gives us the strongest team possible going into the Games.”
Hoy added: “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’m now focussed entirely on the Keirin and Team Sprint and my goals for these two events haven’t changed.”
Kenny, Hoy and Philip Hindes will join forces to contest the team sprint, with Ross Edgar in reserve.
There were no other surprises in the British track team line-up with a proven mix of defending Olympic champions and world champions as well as fresh new talent.
Britain came away from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games with 12 medals from the track cycling disciplines, seven of them gold. The removal of the individual pursuit and points race events, plus the introduction of limited rider places and new events, has reduced the chance of repeating this success in London this summer.
Team GB track cyclists: London 2012 Olympic Games
Men’s Team Sprint
Sir Chris Hoy
(Reserve – Ross Edgar)
Women’s Team Sprint
(Reserve – Becky James)
Men’s Team Pursuit
Women’s Team Pursuit
Sir Chris Hoy
Team GB: Rider profiles