Golden Couple Laura Trott And Jason Kenny Cycle To History Books


Team GB golden couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny have cycled their way to historic top-of-the-podium finishes.

Trott picked up her second gold medal at the Rio Games in the omnium, making her the first female British Olympian to win four golds.

Kenny, who marries Trott next month, later won his third gold medal in Rio in the men’s Keirin, holding his nerve after two false starts.

He was nearly disqualified when he joined Malaysia’s Azizulhasni Awang in sprinting too early along the backstretch.

But jurors reviewed film and decided on a full-field restart. Dutch rider Matthijs Buchli took silver and Awang bronze.

Kenny has now won six golds, making him the joint most successful GB Olympian ever, tied with Sir Chris Hoy on six golds and one silver.

Trott subsequently tweeted: “Arghhhh!!!!!! I love him to bits @JasonKenny107 !! Our kids have to get some of these genes right?!”

Team GB has now won 50 medals in Rio, surpassing Beijing 2008’s total of 47 to become the best-ever overseas Games.

When it hosted the Olympics four years ago, GB won 65 medals.

Trott, who won team pursuit gold on Saturday, took a commanding advantage into Tuesday’s points race, which concluded the six-discipline omnium.

The 24-year-old from Cheshunt finished with 230 points, 24 clear of her nearest rival, in a discipline that was once her weak point.

Sarah Hammer of the United States was second on 206 points and Belgium’s Jolien d’Hoore third on 199.

Team GB cyclists Becky James and Katy Marchant won silver and bronze respectively in the women’s sprint.

Trott’s achievement seals her record as the most successful ever female British Olympian.

She is just ahead of Charlotte Dujardin, who won her third gold on Tuesday, in the individual dressage.

And Jack Laugher won his second medal of the Rio Olympics with silver in the three metres springboard.

Earlier on Tuesday, 29-year-old Giles Scott won gold in sailing’s Finn class, maintaining Britain’s sailing supremacy in the heavyweight dinghy event.

The Weymouth-based four-time world champion built a commanding lead ahead of Tuesday’s race, winning three of the 11 races in the competition.

Adding to the British trophy cabinet on Tuesday was 16-year-old gymnast Amy Tinkler – Team GB’s youngest athlete – who won bronze in the women’s floor exercise final.