Laura Kenny beams over Commonwealth Games gold after heartbreak of 'nightmare' year

by 24britishtvAug. 1, 2022, 6 p.m. 19
-

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

Get the latest news and inside info from the world of golf for

Laura Kenny has opened up on her “nightmare year” after clinching a gold medal for Team England in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The 30-year-old Olympic hero came home in first place in the 10km Scratch Race to earn England's first gold in Track Cycling at the 2022 event. She launched a late attack to steal gold from Scotland's Neah Evans at the last moment.

Kenny admitted she had even considered quitting cycling the night before the race after reflecting on her passion for the sport and a “nightmare year” in her personal life.

It marks a huge achievement after a difficult period for Kenny. In November 2021, she suffered a miscarriage with her husband, Jason, at nine weeks. In January, she had to have a fallopian tube removed due to an ectopic pregnancy which occurs when a fertilised egg implants itself outside the womb.

New Zealand's Michaela Drummond won silver, with Evans eventually fading out towards the end of the race and beaten to the punch by Canadian rider Maggie Coles-Lyster, who secured the bronze medal.

"I can't believe it. Honestly last night I said to Jase, 'I think this is going to be my last race.' After yesterday I watched Adam Peaty and I reflect on his interview and thought, 'That's me, that's me all over'. I've lost the spark,” Kenny said to BBC Sport.

“Training doesn't come that easy. Today I'm like, 'Uh here we go again.' I've been there three Olympic cycles now. To keep picking yourself up after this whole year has been a nightmare. I've just absolutely lost motivation.

“Then last night I was messaging my new coach Len and I was like 'No, I'm not giving up! I'm not giving up on this, I've got one more roll of the dice, please just help me.' It couldn't have been better set up.”

Kenny's triumph is her first Commonwealth title in eight years since her victory in the points race in Glasgow back in 2014 and England's first cycling gold of the Games.

-

Related Articles

HOT TRENDS

Carabao Cup draw on Wednesday night

by 24britishtvAug. 10, 2022, 1:01 a.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Emma Raducanu loses to defending champion Camila Giorgi in Toronto

by 24britishtvAug. 10, 2022, 1:01 a.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Rousing Rangers stun Union to make play-offs

by 24britishtvAug. 9, 2022, 11 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

MATCH DAY: TOWN vs PRESTON NORTH END

by 24britishtvAug. 9, 2022, 10:01 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Emma Raducanu out of National Bank Open after first-round defeat

by 24britishtvAug. 9, 2022, 10:01 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Norwich City 2-2 Birmingham City (Norwich win 4-2 on pens)

by 24britishtvAug. 9, 2022, 10:01 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Pingu voice actor Carlo Bonomi dies aged 85

by 24britishtvAug. 9, 2022, 8 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Ezra Miller Has Been Charged With Felony Burglary in Vermont

by 24britishtvAug. 9, 2022, 8 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Lamont Dozier obituary

by 24britishtvAug. 9, 2022, 8 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

FETÖ members swimming to Greece captured in Türkiye

by 24britishtvAug. 9, 2022, 7 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

FBI raid on Trump’s residence takes US into uncharted territory

by 24britishtvAug. 9, 2022, 7 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Lamont Dozier, Motown songwriter, dies aged 81

by 24britishtvAug. 9, 2022, 5 p.m.2
HOT TRENDS

Train strike dates 2022: When are the next strikes in August?

by 24britishtvAug. 9, 2022, 4 p.m.2