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Jason Kenny sprints away with his fifth gold

By Matt McGeehan

Jason Kenny claimed his fifth Olympic gold as fellow Briton Callum Skinner had to settle for silver in the men's sprint on day four of action at the Rio Olympic Velodrome.

The 28-year-old Kenny beat team-mate and room-mate Skinner 2-0 to join fellow cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins and rower Sir Steve Redgrave on five Olympic gold medals.

Kenny won team sprint gold in Beijing, London and Rio - with Skinner and Phil Hindes on Thursday - and has now successfully defended his individual sprint title won four years ago.

Kenny's only defeat in Olympic competition was at the 2008 Beijing Games, when Sir Chris Hoy beat him in the sprint.

Just one rider per nation was permitted at London 2012 and Kenny won the selection nod ahead of Hoy, who claimed his sixth Olympic gold in the Keirin before retiring.

Now Kenny can join the Scot as the Briton with the most Olympic golds with victory in the same discipline tomorrow.

Kenny won the Keirin world title in 2013 in Minsk, so it is not beyond him.

Kenny qualified for the sprint in an Olympic record of 9.551 seconds, dipping under the mark of 9.703secs set by Skinner earlier in Friday's qualifying session.

And the pair negotiated the rounds to set up the second all-British final in eight years.

Kenny easily rounded Skinner in the first of the best-of-three bouts. And the Bolton rider led out the second sprint and had too much power for Skinner.

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