Olympics: Jason Kenny wins gold in men’s Keirin by flying out of the field early

Christina Wilkins

Image 1 of 18 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport) Image 2 of 18 Jason Kenny celebrates after winning gold in the men’s keirin (Image credit: Getty Images Sport) Image 3 of 18 Jack Carlin (Great Britain) tracks Matthijs Buchli (Netherlands) in the keirin round 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport) […]

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Britains Jason Kenny celebrates taking gold in the mens track cycling keirin final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome in Izu Japan on August 8 2021 Photo by Odd ANDERSEN AFP Photo by ODD ANDERSENAFP via Getty Images

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IZU JAPAN AUGUST 08 Jason Kenny of Team Great Britain celebrates winning the gold medal while holding the flag of his country during the Mens Keirin final 16th place of the track cycling on day sixteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 08 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

Jason Kenny celebrates after winning gold in the men’s keirin (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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IZU JAPAN AUGUST 07 Jack Carlin of Team Great Britain sprints during the Mens Keirin first round heat 2 of the track cycling on day filthen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 07 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Jack Carlin (Great Britain) tracks Matthijs Buchli (Netherlands) in the keirin round 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Canadas Hugo Barrette reacts after crashed in the mens track cycling keirin first round heats during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome in Izu Japan on August 7 2021 Photo by Odd ANDERSEN AFP Photo by ODD ANDERSENAFP via Getty Images

Canadas Hugo Barrette reacts after crashing out of the men’s keirin in round 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Kazakhstans Sergey Ponomaryov L crashes with Malaysias Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom in the mens track cycling keirin first round heats during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome in Izu Japan on August 7 2021 Photo by Greg Baker AFP Photo by GREG BAKERAFP via Getty Images

Kazakhstans Sergey Ponomaryov Malaysian Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom in the men’s keirin. Dutch rider Matthijs Buchli was relegated in the incident (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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IZU JAPAN AUGUST 07 Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom of Team Malaysia reacts after falling during the Mens Keirin first round heat 2 of the track cycling on day filthen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 07 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom (Malaysia) crashed in round 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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IZU JAPAN AUGUST 07 Mohd Azizulhasni Awang of Team Malaysia during the Mens Keirin first round heat 3 of the track cycling on day filthen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 07 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia) won his heat on round 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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IZU JAPAN AUGUST 07 Matthijs Buchli of Team Netherlands competes as Hugo Barrette of Team Canada falls during the Mens Keirin first round heat 2 of the track cycling on day filthen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 07 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

Matthijs Buchli (Netherlands) was relegated in a clash that knocked Hugo Barrette of Team Canada to the ground (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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IZU JAPAN AUGUST 07 LR Kevin Santiago Quintero Chavarro of Team Colombia and Jair Tjon En Fa of Team Suriname sprint during the Mens Keirin first round heat 5 of the track cycling on day filthen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 07 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Kevin Quintero (Colombia) and Jair Tjon En Fa (Suriname) in the men’s keirin round (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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IZU JAPAN AUGUST 07 Kwesi Browne of Team Trinidad And Tobago celebrates winning during the Mens Keirin repechages heat 1 of the track cycling on day filthen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 07 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Kwesi Browne of Trinidad And Tobago celebrates winning during the men’s keirin repechage (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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IZU JAPAN AUGUST 07 Jason Kenny of Team Great Britain competes during the Mens Keirin repechages heat 2 of the track cycling on day filthen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 07 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Jason Kenny (Great Britain) won his repechage round to advance to round 2 of the men’s Keirin (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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IZU JAPAN AUGUST 07 LR Hugo Barrette of Team Canada Sam Webster of Team New Zealand and Patryk Rajkowski of Team Poland sprint during the Mens Keirin first round heat of the track cycling on day filthen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 07 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

Hugo Barrette (Canada), Sam Webster (New Zealand) and Patryk Rajkowski (Poland) were all eliminated in the repechages (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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IZU JAPAN AUGUST 07 Harrie Lavreysen of Team Netherlands sprints during the Mens Keirin repechages heat 3 of the track cycling on day filthen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 07 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands) dominated his repechage heat to move on (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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IZU JAPAN AUGUST 07 Matthew Glaetzer of Team Australia competes during the Mens Keirin repechages heat 4 of the track cycling on day filthen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 07 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Matthew Glaetzer (Australia) won the repechage heat to advance to round 2 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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IZU JAPAN AUGUST 07 LR Kevin Santiago Quintero Chavarro of Team Colombia Matthew Glaetzer of Team Australia compete during the Mens Keirin repechages heat 4 of the track cycling on day filthen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 07 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

Jean Spies (South Africa) leads his heat (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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IZU JAPAN AUGUST 07 Matthew Richardson of Team Australia suffers pain after the Mens Keirin first round heat 2 of the track cycling on day filthen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 07 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

Matthew Richardson (Australia) qualified for round 2 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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IZU JAPAN AUGUST 07 Maximilian Levy of Team Germany and Jason Kenny of Team Great Britain sprint ahead of Rayan Helal of Team France Kwesi Browne of Team Trinidad And Tobago and Sam Webster of Team New Zealand during the Mens Keirin first round heat 1 of the track cycling on day filthen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 07 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

Jason Kenny (Great Britain) lost heat 1 to Rayan Helal (France), Max Levy (Germany) and Kwesi Brown (TTO) and had to go through repechages (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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IZU JAPAN AUGUST 07 Yudai Nitta of Team Japan celebrates winning during the Mens Keirin first round heat 4 of the track cycling on day filthen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 07 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Yudai Nitta (Japan) won the first round heat to advance to round 2 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Flying out of the field early, Great Britain’s Jason Kenny took control of his own destiny to win the men’s Keirin at the Tokyo Olympic Games, making it the third Olympics in a row he has taken gold in the discipline. 

Kenny didn’t wait for the final sprint, sensing an opportunity when he had a gap at the front with four laps to go and as the rider second in line, Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer, was looking behind. 

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