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Olympics: New Olympic record as Kenny pips Bauge in sprint

Published on Aug 4, 2012 9:36 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Beijing silver medallist Jason Kenny set out his stall for track cycling's coveted Olympic sprint gold, upstaging French rival Gregory Bauge with a new Games record in qualifying on Saturday.

In the men's sprint tournament, held over three days, tactics, speed and mental toughness come to the fore as riders fight each other to the line over three laps of the track.

A crucial indicator of form, however, is each rider's time in the 200m flying lap.

Kenny, 24, led the 17-man field in a new Olympic record of 9.73sec, over two tenths of a second ahead of second-placed Bauge (9.952).

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