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British medal hopes: Jason Kenny

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Kenny competing at the Track Cycling World Cup in the Olympic Velodrome

Having lived in the shadow cast by cycling god Sir Chris Hoy for much of his career, the 2012 Olympics could well catapult Kenny towards the sort of acclaim a rider of his talent would already have achieved in any other era.

London will not be his first Games and he is far from unfamiliar with the Olympic podium, having visited it twice in Beijing in 2008 to collect a team sprint gold (alongside Hoy and Jamie Staff) and an individual sprint silver, when he was beaten to gold by Hoy.

However, the limelight has seldom fallen solely on his efforts and even his individual sprint world title in 2011 came only after the original gold medallist, France's Gregory Bauge, was banned for drug test infringements 10 months after the event.

Kenny burst onto the scene in 2006 at the age of 18 by winning gold medals in the keirin, team sprint and individual sprint at the European Junior Track Championships. He then repeated the feat at the World Junior Track Championships later that year.

A move up to the senior ranks and selection for the Beijing Olympics followed, and since then Kenny has added World Championship medals to his collection in each of the past three years.

The medal haul included his match sprinting gold in 2011, when he booked his place in the final by beating Hoy in the semis.

The victory illustrated a potential power shift and 2012 could finally be the year the prince of British track cycling takes over as king.

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