BOLTON cycling superstar Jason Kenny has won his first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The 24-year-old from Farnworth, along with team-mates Sir Chris Hoy and Philip Hindes smashed the world record they set in qualifying as they successfully defended their title in the men's team sprint against France.

Their win sees Sir Chris equal Sir Steve Redgrave's record haul of five golds and boosted the atmosphere at the Velodrome where fans saw Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish miss out on a medal chance after being relegated from the team sprint event for a takeover infringement.

The gold win topped off a fantastic day as Team GB shot up the medals table with sharp-shooter Peter Wilson gunning his way to Olympic glory and Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie triumphing in the two-man canoe slalom.Gemma Gibbons also took home a brave silver in the women's 78kg judo final, boosting the home nation's medal haul to five golds, six silver and four bronze.