Selectors made correct call - Hoy

Sir Chris Hoy, right, has backed the selection of Jason Kenny for the individual sprint

Sir Chris Hoy, right, has backed the selection of Jason Kenny for the individual sprint

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Sir Chris Hoy has no doubt that the British Cycling selectors made the right choice in selecting Jason Kenny to represent Team GB in the individual sprint at the London Olympics.

Hoy, 36, beat Kenny to win gold in the discipline in Beijing four years ago, but rules brought in by the UCI, world cycling's governing body, means there can be only one representative of each nation in the sprint. Kenny's selection leaves Hoy to focus on defending his team sprint and keirin titles.

The Scot said: "They made the right call. It is not about individual ambition - it's about the team getting the most number of gold medals. Therefore you could say you are spreading yourself a bit thin by having one guy taking part in three events, but that is not why they have made the decision. They have picked the best sprinter."

Hoy and Kenny have been evenly matched since their 2008 battle for Olympic gold.

Kenny outperformed Hoy in the sprint at the two most recent World Championships, which may ultimately have given him the edge, although Hoy had emerged on top at the Olympic test event.

But Hoy believes that his non-selection for the individual sprint may improve his chances of success in the keirin and team sprint thanks to the extra rest he will get between the two disciplines.

"It means I have got the chance to have a proper recovery between the team sprint and the keirin which is a bit of a luxury really," he said.

"It means I can give it everything in the team sprint and then get that out the way and prepare for the keirin."

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