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Kenny fills Hoy's cycling shoes with sprint gold

ESPN staff
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Jason Kenny upgraded his silver from Beijing to gold in London © Getty Images
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Jason Kenny ensured the men's sprint Olympic crown will remain in British possession for another four years as he blazed to victory over world champion Gregory Bauge.

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Kenny, the Beijing silver medallist, who was chosen to represent Team GB in the individual sprint at the expense of defending champion Sir Chris Hoy, justified his selection as he wrapped up a 2-0 victory.

Frenchman Bauge was out in front in a game of cat and mouse in the opening race, but Kenny's pace was too fierce as the Brit dashed over the line in 10.232 seconds.

With Bauge needing to win the second race to stay in the hunt for gold, Kenny never gave his opponent a glimmer of hope, making his move a lap and a half out as he powered to victory in 10.308.

Australian Shane Perkins completed the podium. The Commonwealth champion produced a late charge to narrowly win the first race from Njisane Phillip, but there was no doubt about the second race as he secured bronze in style.

Earlier on Monday, Kenny eased into the final with a 2-0 win over Phillip. Trinidad & Tobago's Phillip has proved a real crowd pleaser in the Velodrome, but he proved no match for Kenny who led all the way in the first race and followed that up by coming from behind to take his place in the final.

Bauge was as impressive as Kenny in qualifying. The Frenchman had arguably the tougher task on paper, but he twice proved too strong for Perkins - holding off the Australian without being fully extended.

Meanwhile, Victoria Pendleton remains the red-hot favourite for the women's sprint title after powering to a 2-0 win over Belarus' Olga Panarina in the quarter-finals. Pendleton will face Germany's Kristina Vogel in Tuesday's semi-finals, with rival Anna Meares up against China's Guo Shuang.

Team GB, who have now won five gold medals in the Velodrome, could pick up three more on Tuesday with Pendleton competing in the women's sprint final and Hoy in the men's keirin. Laura Trott, meanwhile, is in pole position in the women's omnium at the halfway stage after winning two of the opening three events.

After winning the 250m flying lap by one one-hundredth of a second, Trott remained in the medal positions after finishing 10th in the points race. She now sits level on points with Sarah Hammer after outsprinting the American in a thrilling climax to the elimination race.

Trott is bidding to add to her team pursuit gold medal with the individual pursuit, scratch race and time trial disciplines still to come.

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