Track day 5: Men: Sprint final – Women: Sprint rounds, Omnium: Flying Lap, Points Race, Elimination: London Olympic Velodrome – km
Second gold for Kenny in blow out sprint final
Kenny stares down Bauge before the gold medal match (Joby Sessions/BikeRadar)
After laying his cards down on the table in the qualifying round,
daring his competitors to match his Olympic record pace, Great Britain’s
Jason Kenny went undefeated through the three days of the men’s
individual sprint tournament to claim his second gold medal of the 2012
Having dispatched the upstart rider Njisane Phillips (Trinidad
Tobago) in the semifinal round, Kenny faced his expected opponent,
Grégory Baugé of France in the gold medal round.
The French world champion tried different tactics: keeping the pace
slow when he had to lead to try and take the edge off Kenny’s unbeatable
flying sprint, or going for the early jump, but in both cases Kenny was
as smart and even quicker. Baugé never came closer than his front hub.
Baugé tried an early jump to catch Kenny off guard
Kenny’s win capped off an enormously successful five days of racing
on the track for Great Britain – his part in the team sprint gold and
his individual gold added to the British men’s and women’s team pursuit
titles and Victoria Pendleton’s keirin gold to bring the tally up to
five plus Ed Clancy’s omnium silver medal.
It was the second silver medal of the week for France, the first came from young omnium competitor Bryan Coquard on Sunday.
A bronze medal was some consolation for the Australian Shane Perkins.
His win over Njisane Phillip (Trinidad Tobago) was nearly a
formality, but the underdog 21-year-old did not go down without a fight.
Phillip tried in both cases to get the jump on Perkins, but both times
the Australian timed his acceleration perfectly to win the bronze in
It was the second bronze for the Australians, who fared much better
at their home world championships. Perkins’ medal added to silver by
their men’s team pursuiters and bronze by the women’s team sprint.
Kenny celebrates his second gold
Semifinals go to script
The match between Kenny and Phillip was a blow out: Phillip has a
similar sprint style but far less speed than the British rider, and
despite his best efforts, he lost the match in two heats.
It was less dramatic margin of victory for Baugé over Perkins, but
the Frenchman was clearly superior in both of his rides. In the first
heat, Perkins took the early lead, getting the sprinter’s lane and
forcing Baugé to go over the top. Elbow to elbow, the pair hurtled to
the line but Perkins faded first.
In ride two, Baugé had the front and put in the first acceleration.
Rather than wait, the Frenchman kicked with half a lap before the bell,
Slotting into the sprinter’s lane, Baugé waited for Perkins to draw near
with half a lap to ride, then re-accelerated to hold the Aussie off.
The riders in the gold medal round could have been predicted before the start – Baugé and Kenny would face off for gold.
Baugé, Kenny and Perkins