Laura Kenny claimed her fifth gold medal at the Olympics with an historic victory in the Madison alongside Katie Archibald at Tokyo 2020. After claiming a silver medal in the team pursuit, the only time Kenny received anything other than gold during an Olympic event, she returned to the top of the podium when she dominated the first women’s Madison event with Katie Archibald.
This further extended Kenny’s status as the most successful female Olympian in Britain and also becomes the first woman from Great Britain to win gold medals at three Olympic Games. She now impresses with six Olympic medals alongside Charlotte Dujardin in equestrian. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at her each of her gold medals to date.
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London 2012 – Team Pursuit
At the London Olympics, the team pursuit was brand-new to the women’s program and was a three-rider event spanning across 3 kilometers at the time. Laura Kenny, who was Laura Trott at the time before getting married to Jason Kenny in late 2016, competed alongside Joanna Rowsell and Dani Rowe. The trio dominated the race from start to finish and used the same pattern prior to the Olympics to set a new world record in every round of the new event, including the final, first round, and qualifying, to take gold.
London 2012 – Omnium
After claiming her first Olympic gold medal, the 20-year-old Laura Trott grabbed a second gold medal with a win in the omnium event two days later. She started the second day leading the standings of the multi-discipline event. However, she dropped behind Sarah Hammer from the USA who took first place during the penultimate event, known as the scratch race. Laura Trott had to produce something special and saved her best for last when she delivered an Olympic record time of 35.110 seconds in the last 500m time trail to claim the gold medal.
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Rio 2016 – Team Pursuit
Another set of world records were up for grabs in the team pursuit at the Rio Olympics. However, in 2016 the event expanded to feature four riders spanning across four kilometers, making it identical to the men’s team pursuit event. Rowsell Shand and Laurel Trott were joined by Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald and continued where they left off. They repeated the astonishing feat of breaking the world record during the final, first round, and qualifying once again. This made Laura Trott the first woman in Great Britain to win three gold medals at the Olympics. An achievement that was matched 24 hours later by Dujardin.
Rio 2016 – Omnium
Laura Trott started the omnium event as the crowd favorite and didn’t disappoint. The 20-year-old finished in the top two in 5 of the 6 events, winning three of them to comfortably take the gold medal. After she claimed the gold medal, she confessed that she didn’t feel too good throughout the Olympics and was merely a passenger during the team pursuit event. However, her rivals were still unable to catch her even though she wasn’t feeling her best. This allowed her to become the most successful British female athlete once again, winning gold medals in all four events she entered.
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Tokyo 2020 – Madison
Laura Kenny, riding alongside Katie Archibald, managed to surpass Leontien van Moorsel from the Netherlands to become the most successful female cyclist in the history of the Olympics when she claimed gold at a third successive Games. The pair from Great Britain dominated the Madison event, claiming the first three sprints to extend their lead after the Dutch pair of Amy Pieters and Kirsten Wild, reigning world champions, crashed with only 70 laps remaining.