Rio 2016: GB guaranteed Gold and Silver in Men’s sprint final

After what has been an impressive track cycling campaign, GB are on the hunt for more medals this evening as Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner are guaranteed a Gold or silver in the men's sprint this evening.

Rio 2016: GB guaranteed Gold and Silver in Men’s sprint final
Rio 2016: GB guaranteed Gold and Silver in Men’s sprint final

It’s been a quite a couple of days at the velodrome in Rio as GB have once again showed their dominance with some truly outstanding displays as they continue to monopolise the Gold medals.

But tonight is the turn of Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner once again as they will do battle in the sprint final, which guarantees a medal for each riders.

But last night Laura Trott, Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald, and Joanna Rowsell Shand smashed the women’s team pursuit World record to beat the American’s to Gold as they clocked a mightily impressive time of 4m10.236s.

For Trott it makes her one of the most successful female British Olympians ever with her three gold medals. But she will be aiming for a fourth when she takes part in the women’s Omnium; a feat that if she manages to achieve would put her out in front, and cement her legacy as the best female Olympian.

Becky James also joined the party last night as well; the 24-year-old rider has had a tough two years after a serious knee injury, as well as a cancer scare, but she took silver in the women’s keirin to kick start what was a wonderful night for GB as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, and Greg Rutherford all took medals in the Athletics.

But tonight there is another packed schedule at the Velodrome, and GB and in particular Kenny and Skinner are guaranteed a Gold or silver as they face off in the men’s sprint final.

Kenny aiming for cycling superstardom with fifth Olympic Gold medal

It’s been quite a sprint journey for the British pair; they have blown away their competition, and are deservedly in the final.

But for Kenny, he is aiming for an historic achievement later this evening; if he manages to take Gold he will join Sir Bradley Wiggins and Sir Steve Redgrave as Britain’s five-time Olympic Champions. So there’s a big incentive for the 28-year-old.

Along the way Kenny has really shown his might, as he smashed the Olympic record in the last-16 with 10.245secs. But in the semi-finals he had to win the last two races against Denis Dmitriev after losing the first of a best-out-of-three tie.

But his teammate, and opponent this evening, Skinner has had a marvellous sprint campaign; the 23-year-old is currently unbeaten and has produced a whole raft of superlative performances.

Skinner is so far unbeaten in the men's sprint, but will face compatriot Kenny in the final this evening / SkySports
Skinner is so far unbeaten in the men's sprint, but will face compatriot Kenny in the final this evening / SkySports

In the last-16 he beat Patrick Constable of Australia comfortably; he then went on to beat Xu Chao and Matthew Glaetzer to set-up a hotly anticipated clash against Kenny.

Kenny or Skinner will have to settle for silver this evening, but regardless of the result it will be another triumph for the impressive GB cycling team, as they continue to show the cycling world that they are force to be reckoned with.