Kenny out of World Cup sprint

  • Last Updated: November 18 2012, 14:16 GMT

Three-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny has withdrawn from today's sprint competition at the Track World Cup in Glasgow following his crash in the keirin last night.

Jason Kenny: Crash in the keirin
Jason Kenny: Crash in the keirin

The 24-year-old from Bolton, who won Olympic sprint and team sprint gold in August, suffered skin abrasions after hitting the track at 75 kilometres per hour while bidding for keirin gold at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome last night.

British Cycling sprint coach Iain Dyer said: "Jason is feeling very sore after his crash yesterday and didn't get much sleep last night.

"Having consulted with the team doctor, Jason has decided to withdraw from today's competition."

Kenny's withdrawal means Philip Hindes is Britain's sole representative in the sprint event.

Lewis Oliva, who this weekend is riding for the Welsh squad Team USN, will also miss the sprint following a separate keirin crash.

Oliva suffered mild concussion in a crash during his semi-final and will undergo an X-ray on his hand today.

In Kenny's absence the fastest qualifier was Robert Forstemann. The German was the only man to dip beneath 10 seconds for the flying 200metres, clocking 9.989 seconds.

Hindes was 10th quickest in 10.309secs.

Both Britons successfully negotiated the first round of the women's keirin.

Jess Varnish and Becky James, who won individual sprint silver and bronze on day two after winning team sprint gold on the opening day, had to finish in the top two in their heats to advance.

Hong Kong's Lee Wai Sze won the opening heat, with Varnish following her through to the second round.

James turned on the acceleration to win the second heat strongly.

Hindes endured an eventful first round with Pavel Kelemen. First the Czech lost his balance on the banking, requiring a restart.

Then Hindes, as he passed the last-lap bell, suffered a slipped chain which caused him to tumble to the track.

At the third attempt, Hindes hesitated and Kelemen won by a bike length as the Briton exited the competition.

With Sir Chris Hoy watching on, world and Olympic champion Laura Trott moved into first place overall in the omnium with victory in the fourth event.

The 20-year-old won the three-kilometre individual pursuit in three minutes 35.904 seconds to sit in pole position with the scratch race and 500m time-trial to follow.


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