Olympic champion Jason Kenny was eliminated from the men’s sprint on day four of the Track World Championships as Great Britain’s hopes of a gold medal looked to dwindle.
The London 2012 gold medallist has one world title in the event, from 2011, and Britain were looking to him and his fiancee Laura Trott in a bid for a first gold medal of the five-day competition at Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, near Paris.
Kenny met Venezuela’s Hersony Canelon in the first round but was unable to round his rival, tumbling out of the competition.
The last time Britain failed to win a gold medal at the Track World Championships was 2001 in Antwerp. Two silvers – in the men’s and women’s team pursuits – are all team GB have mustered so far.
The flying 200 metres seeded the riders for the one-on-one match sprints, with the top 24 of 34 riders who started advancing.
The Velodrome National track was conducive to rapid times in the sprint disciplines due to its steep bankings, which the riders can swoop down, and 25 riders clocked under ten seconds.
Kenny clocked 9.804 seconds to qualify in tenth as 2013 world champion Stefan Boetticher of Germany advanced in first place in 9.641secs.
Kenny met 15th-fastest qualifier Canelon in the first round, but left himself too much to do as the Venezuelan progressed, dumping the Olympic champion out of the two-day competition, which concludes today.
Scotland’s Callum Skinner clocked 9.983 to place 23rd and squeeze through to the first round where he met second fastest qualifier Gregory Bauge of France.
Bauge dominated the event between 2009 and 2012, the only blip when an anti-doping infringement saw Kenny awarded the 2011 world title in his stead.
Skinner tried to surprise Bauge in the cat-and-mouse discipline by accelerating from the start, but the Frenchman kept pace and rounded the Briton on the final lap to eliminate the Scot.