Team GB Cyclist Laura Trott wins the gold medal in the Women’s Omnium track race at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 16 2016.
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As we continue our celebration of 120 years of female athletes at the Olympics, we turn to one of Team GB’s cycling greats, Laura Kenny (Trott).
With four Olympic medals to her name, and 30 cycling medals in total, she has been a consistent figure in the Team GB cycling team, the London Olympic Games of 2012 seeing her put in a stellar performance at just 20 years of age.
In the team pursuit, she was part of the team that broke the world record three times, beating the USA in the final and claiming Olympic glory.
Despite a poor start in the omnium, she clawed her way back in the 500 metre time trial and scraped the gold medal by a point, claiming her second gold of the home games and cementing herself as a pivotal figure for the British team.
Pic by Staff Andy Stenning Womens Team Pursuit Womens Team Pursuit win gold featuring Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell-Shand
Her success is not just limited to the Olympics, with Kenny also holding the record for the most successful rider at the UEC European Track Championships, with 10 golds to her name. Although considered a great in the cycling world, she was not prepared to stop there and went into the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games to create even more history.
Once again in the team pursuit, the Team GB cyclists set a world record on every occasion they rode, meaning that Kenny had rode in this event six times across two Olympics and broke the world record on every single attempt; a stellar record for any cyclist.
Not only was she impressive in the team pursuit, her rides in the omnium were as dominant as ever, taking home the gold again with a 24 point margin at 24 years old.
Just six months after giving birth to her first child, Kenny returned to riding at the World Championships and gained herself a silver in the team pursuit.
Now, she returns for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games as a leader in the Team GB camp and one of the most inspirational athletes in British history.
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