Hosts Great Britain up gold medal total to 18

17:48, Aug 06 2012
Jason Kenny
GOLDEN RIDE: Britain's Jason Kenny takes his victory lap after defeating France's Gregory Bauge for the track sprint gold at the London velodrome.

Britain's Jason Kenny overcame France's Gregory Bauge to win the Olympic track cycling sprint gold medal today.

The Briton, who was preferred to 2008 champion Chris Hoy as the British entrant, won 2-0 in front of a roaring home crowd, while Australia's Shane Perkins claimed the bronze.

Kenny took the first leg with a turbo-charged surge in the home straight that took him past the Frenchman, who knew he was beaten the minute his opponent edged his front wheel into the lead.

In the second, he stayed in front of the triple world sprint champion Bauge, who he had never before beaten on the track, and powered over the line to claim the adulation of a raucous home crowd.

SHOWJUMPING GOLD

Britain won team show jumping gold on Monday after a tie-breaking jump-off with silver medallists the Netherlands while Saudi Arabia captured a bronze.

It was Britain's first gold in jumping since 1952 and a first-ever team medal for the Saudis. Rider Khaled Al Eid won an individual bronze for jumping in the Sydney Games.

Victory was assured after three clear rounds for Britain in the jump-off, led off by veteran and hot individual gold prospect Nick Skelton, who has yet to have a fence down in three days of competition.

Skelton heaped praise on horse Big Star.

"He has everything you need in a horse - he's got all the scope, he's super careful, he's brave, he has an intelligent head on him, he's good to ride," he said before the jump-off.

Saudi Arabia, anchored by a strong showing from Prince Abdullah al Saud, finished with a score of 13 faults, ahead of stalwarts Switzerland and Sweden and defending Olympic team champions the United States.

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Reuters