Jason Kenny hits gold in Keirin to seal successful weekend for GB

Jason Kenny picked up Great Britain's third gold of the European Elite Track cycling Championships as the competition concluded in Poland yesterday.

Kenny led team-mate Matt Crampton in a one-two in the men's Keirin at the BGZ Arena in Pruszkow, following on from successes on Friday in the men's and women's team pursuits.

Kenny, who won team sprint and sprint bronze, and Crampton's medals, took Britain's total to seven as world champion Ed Clancy and Laura Trott, the world junior champion, were fourth in the omnium events.

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Victoria Pendleton was fifth in the women's Keirin as Jess Varnish crashed out in the minor final. Pendleton and Varnish won team sprint silver on day one. Both Britons made it through to the men's Keirin final unbeaten and Crampton made the early acceleration in the decider.

Kenny, though, went with his team-mate and overtook in the final straight to claim gold. Adam Ptacnik of the Czech Republic took bronze.

The corresponding women's race saw Pendleton squeezed out of contention as Belarus' Olga Panarina triumphed.

In the men's omnium, Clancy was third in the individual pursuit and scratch race and claimed his second first-placed finish of the six-discipline event in the one-kilometre time-trial.

However, he finished one point outside of the medal placings as Roger Kluge of Germany took gold.

Trott had a strong showing yesterday, placing fourth in the individual pursuit, fourth in the scratch race and third in the final 500m time-trial to finish two points outside a medal as Spain's Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro triumphed.

On Saturday, Sir Chris Hoy was left to rue a "stupid" mistake after making an early exit in the men's sprint. The Scot was beaten by Ireland's Felix English in the last 16 of an event won by Denis Dmitriev of Russia. Kenny was third.

Four-time Olympic champion Hoy, thinking his first knockout round race was won, slowed right down to conserve energy and to avoid humiliating his 18-year-old rival.

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But it proved a huge error of judgment as English caught up and overtook Hoy, who had no time in which to respond.

"When you are up against an opponent who is one second slower, 99 times out of a hundred you know it's going to be straightforward and you don't want to waste energy because there is a lot of racing to come.

"If you smoke it and win by 50m it looks disrespectful," said Hoy.