Sir Jason Kenny became Team GB’s most successful Olympian of all time after winning his ninth medal, and seventh gold, on the final day of Tokyo 2020.
Having won numerous World and European titles as a junior, Jason took a massive leap in 2008 when he was selected for the Team GB squad in the Beijing Olympics. He was selected for the Team Sprint, alongside seasoned Sprint riders Jamie Staff and Sir Chris Hoy, giving Jason his first taste of Olympic victory at just 20 years of age.
Following his silver medal in the Individual Sprint in Beijing, alongside Sir Chris who won Gold, Jason went one better at the London 2012 Games and won Gold. Jason also retained his Olympic title in 2012 in the Team Sprint alongside Hoy and Philip Hindes, catapulting him to national fame and recognition.
Jason put on another truly remarkable performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, taking three gold medals in the Team Sprint, Individual Sprint and Keirin, in doing so, joining Sir Chris Hoy as the joint holder of the highest number of Olympic Gold medals for a British athlete.
At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Jason won Team Sprint silver alongside Jack Carlin and Ryan Owens, to move level with Sir Bradley Wiggins for the most Olympic medals in British history. But he wasn’t done there. Jason himself admitted he wasn’t as competitive as he’d hoped – but you wouldn’t have thought it as he raced home to victory in one of the most incredible races in his storied career.
Jason was defending his keirin crown and did so in style, launching a solo break with three laps to go for his seventh – and arguably, most impressive – Olympic gold medal.
His gold and silver Tokyo double matched the haul of wife Laura, with the pair now boasting 12 gold medals between them. Jason was recognised in the 2022 New Year Honours list with a knighthood.
No British athlete can match Jason’s haul of seven Olympic golds. Nor can they match the nine medals he has in his career from four magnificent Games.