Jason Kenny insists British cyclists will put track disappointment behind them

Jason Kenny

Jason Kenny

First published in Sport

JASON Kenny reckons he will not be ‘losing any sleep’ after failing to pick up a medal at the World Track Championships in Cali.

Bolton’ triple Olympic gold medallist managed just three fifth-placed finishes – in the team sprint, Keirin and individual sprint – as the GB men’s squad left empty handed after enduring one of their most disappointing performances in a major event in recent times.

Two years out from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, there is cause for concern.

But Britain’s cyclists are funded for Olympic success, not the annual world competition, and the laid-back Kenny refuses to be unduly alarmed.

“There’s no point worrying about it; there’s no point losing any sleep,” said Kenny, who has more Olympic titles (three) than world crowns (two).

“Hopefully next year we’ll see a bit of a resurgence in the sprint (events), particularly the men's sprint.

“We’ve got used to winning a lot of medals in the past with Chris (Hoy) and Vicky (Pendleton). We’ve been quite consistently up there and it will be nice to get back up there.

“I’d like to be consistently winning. My goal isn’t to be world champion or Olympic champion, my goal is to be consistently winning all the time and look back in 10 years and be a multiple world champion over those years.

“That’s what I’d like and that’s what I’m working towards.

“We’ll plan our training and try to rectify all the issues this year and hopefully next year we’ll be back in front.”

Despite lesser resources, Ireland’s men out-performed their colleagues from across the Irish Sea to date, with silver for Martyn Irvine in the scratch race and fourth for Ryan Mullen in the individual pursuit.

The depth of disappointment at the performances of the men was felt from day one, when the team pursuit squad of two-time Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy, Sam Harrison, Jon Dibben and Owain Doull finished a pitiful eighth in the worst display by a British quartet in over 15 years.

The poor men’s displays were in contrast with the women’s performances in Colombia.

Kenny was clinging to the positives, pointing to the opening day’s team sprint, when Phil Hindes’ starting lap propelled Britain into medal contention, only for them to struggle later in the race.

Not since 2005 have Britain won gold in the three-man, three-lap event, despite winning the 2008 and 2012 Olympic titles.

Kenny reflected: “It’s hard to be competitive when you’re half a second down after one lap. But if he (Hindes) can maintain that to next year, maybe even put us in front, then we can hopefully build off that.”

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