Team GB doubt Sir Jason Kenny will ever be surpassed as the most decorated British Olympian despite announcing his retirement from the sport after claiming seven gold medals and two silvers during his storied career
- Sir Jason Kenny confirmed his retirement from cycling on Wednesday evening
- During his career he managed to win seven Olympic gold medals and two silvers
- As a result, the cyclist became the most successful British athlete of all time
- Team GB bosses believe Kenny’s record medal haul will never be beaten
Team GB bosses believe Sir Jason Kenny’s record medal haul will never be beaten as they paid tribute to the rider following his retirement this week.
As first revealed by Sportsmail, the 33-year-old has quit racing to become the new men’s sprint coach at British Cycling.
He brings down the curtain on a career which saw him win seven Olympic golds and two silvers, making him the most successful British athlete of all time.
Sir Jason Kenny won seven Olympic gold medals and two silvers before retiring from the sport
‘I would like to congratulate Jason Kenny on a sensational cycling career,’ said Andy Anson, the British Olympic Association chief executive.
‘It is hard to imagine anyone surpassing his achievement of being our most decorated British Olympian and we will forever be in awe of his contribution to Team GB.
‘As one of the fortunate few to be there, his keirin gold medal in Tokyo was one of the great moments of Olympic sport – it is so fitting he won the event in Japan and did so in his own inimitable style.’
Andy Anson, the British Olympic Association chief executive, says it ‘hard to see’ anyone surpassing Kenny’s achievement of being GB’s most decorated British Olympian
As it stands, Kenny’s (right) wife Laura (left) is the closest to matching his nine medals
Of Team GB’s current active athletes, Kenny’s wife Laura is the closest to his nine-medal haul. She has five golds and one silver and will compete at the Paris Olympics in two years’ time.
BOA chair Sir Hugh Robertson added: ‘I have known and admired Jason Kenny for many years. He is our most decorated Olympian and one of our most outstanding personalities.
‘He has been a huge part of both Team GB and our wider Olympic family and I am delighted that he will continue to be involved with British Cycling and Team GB.’