HE may not have been able to round off his Commonwealth Games with a gold medal but Jason Kenny admitted he had been firmly won over when it came to his Glasgow experience.
The 26-year-old Bolton track cyclist has a hat full of international medals in his collection, including three Olympic golds, although he had never previously ridden for England at Commonwealth level before arriving in Glasgow.
Two silver medals in the men’s team sprint and men’s individual sprint proved he was definitely up for the challenge, with one last chance to make it a hat-trick of medals north of the border coming in yesterday’s keirin.
Sadly it proved to be just a step too far as he came up short in the men’s repechage heats, with teammate Matthew Crampton pipping him on the line.
Despite the defeat however, Kenny was quick to point out his enjoyment during his time at the Games.
“I’m a little bit disappointed with that result even though I'm pleased with the Commonwealth Games generally,” he said.
“I’ve really enjoyed it so it would have been nice to finish on the podium on the last day of racing.
“As soon as I hit the front I knew that Matt would be waiting and you can't afford to lead him out because he’s always going to beat you.
“I’m really happy with how it has gone this week as it didn’t look great after spring qualifying so to come away with two medals is fairly solid.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve never been to the Commonwealth Games before.
“I wasn’t overly-excited about it but having been here and got stuck in and seen the emotion I’ve really enjoyed it.”
At the Games it has been Australia, rather than England, leading the way in terms of medal success.
But while unusual not to see the host nations scooping up the titles, Kenny backed himself and his fellow Great Britain riders to come good in time for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
“In sport everyone is always moving forward and it’s just a case of how quickly you are moving forward,” he added.
“At the moment, Australia and then New Zealand have stolen a bit of a march and there is Germany as well.
“We are playing a bit of a chasing game but we’ve got a couple of years until Rio when it really matters and we’ll be working towards that.”
- Commonwealth Games England (CGE) leads and manages the participation of the Team England at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. They work with sports, Sponsors and Sport England to support the development of athletes and their sports, and to achieve success at Games-time.