Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner break Olympic record in men's sprint qualifying

British riders Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner qualify first and second fastest in the men's sprint at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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British riders Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner set the first and second fastest times in the men's sprint qualifying round at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Friday.

First Skinner broke the Olympic record with a time of 9.703, before last man off, world champion Jason Kenny obliterated the field and set a new Olympic mark of 9.551 seconds.

Callum Skinner (GBR) sets a new Olympic Record in the qualifier for the 2016 Olympic track sprint – only to see it broken minutes later by compatriot Jason Kenny

Callum Skinner (GBR) sets a new Olympic Record in the qualifier for the 2016 Olympic track sprint – only to see it broken minutes later by compatriot Jason Kenny
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Both riders are on a roll, having been part of GB's gold-medal-winning team sprint line-up along with Philip Hindes. The trio set a new Olympic record in that discipline on Thursday.

Matthew Glaetzer (Australia) qualified third fastest, with Denis Dmitriev (Russia) in fourth.

The top 18 riders out of the 27 starters will now progress to the 1/16 finals, which take place later on Friday night. Further rounds take place on Saturday, and the finals will take place on Sunday.

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Result

Rio 2016 Olympic Games, men's sprint qualifying

1.    Jason Kenny (GBR) 9.551 [Olympic record]

2.    Callum Skinner (GBR) 9.703

3.    Matthew Glaetzer (AUS) 9.704

4.    Denis Dmitriev (RUS) 9.774

5.    Gregory Bauge (FRA) 9.807

6.    Nijsane Phillip (TTO) 9.813

7.    Damian Zielinski (POL) 9.823

8.    Jeffrey Hoogland (NED) 9.837

9.    Sam Webster (NZL) 9.880

10.    Edward Dawkins (NZL) 9.895

11.    Francois Pervis (FRA) 9.898

12.    Joachim Eilers (GER) 9.908

13.    Chao Xu (CHN) 9.939

14.    Pavel Kelemen (CZE) 9.969

15.    Rafal Sarnecki (POL) 9.980

16.    Fabian Hernando Puerta Zapata (COL) 9.981

17.    Patrick Constable (AUS) 10.010

18.    Maximilian Levy (GER) 10.035