• London 2012 - Track Cycling

Kenny sets new Olympic record

ESPN staff
August 4, 2012
Jason Kenny already has one gold under his belt from the team sprint © PA Photos

Jason Kenny went some way to justifying his selection for the men's sprint by setting an Olympic record in qualifying.

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New cycling rules mean only one competitor can represent each country and Kenny was in a straight fight with Sir Chris Hoy for the place in the team.

After a lot of agonising, Kenny was given the nod ahead of Hoy and he made a brilliant start to his bid for gold with a time of 9.713 seconds. The time lowered the mark of Hoy from Beijing in 2008 and proved his well-being for the event.

Frenchman Gregory Bauge is viewed as Kenny's key rival for gold but he was over 0.2 of a second behind the Brit's time, with the world champion clocking 9.952 seconds.

Ed Clancy made a fine start the omnium, the decathlon of the cycling world, as the Brit won the flying lap to take an early lead in the six-discipline competition.

More to follow from the rest of the morning action in the velodrome

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