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Laura and Jason Kenny brush aside talk of British medal milestones at Tokyo

Laura and Jason Kenny brush aside talk of British medal milestones at Tokyo
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The couple can each become the top British male and female Olympians of all time.

Britain's most successful Olympic couple insist they have put the prospect of medal milestones to the back of their minds as they prepare for next month's delayed Tokyo Olympics.

Laura and Jason Kenny can each become the top British male and female Olympians of all time if they bolster their cumulative 11-strong total in the Japanese capital.

They have been confirmed among a 26-strong cycling squad for the Games next month, which includes 16 athletes who will make their Olympic debuts.

European Championships 2018 – Day Four
Laura Kenny is one more medal from matching Dame Katherine Grainger (John Walton/PA)

Laura Kenny said: "I don't really think about it. In Rio, someone was like, 'you know no other female has ever won more? I was like, oh, I hadn't realised.

With four golds, Laura Kenny sits one behind Dame Katherine Grainger's total of five on the domestic all-time list, while husband Jason sits on seven, one short of Sir Bradley Wiggins' career tally of eight.

Jason Kenny added: "It is just another race. Every gold medal has been special, right back to Beijing. They have all got a story and this one would be no different.

UCI Track Cycling World Championships 2020 – Day Three – Velodrom
Laura Kenny has overcome a serious injury to target three more golds in Tokyo (Tim Goode/PA)

"I don't really think about medals or anything. I just focus on the task and try to put in a performance worthy of being at the sharp end."

Both Kenny's face longer odds in their respective bids to improve their medal totals, with Laura fighting back from a broken shoulder which would have severely hampered her quest had the Games not been initially postponed.

The longer lay-off has enabled Kenny to cement her place in the team pursuit, omnium and Madison and she admitted: "For me as an athlete, having this extra year has definitely helped me.

UCI Track Cycling World Cup – Day Two – Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
Jason Kenny insists he is not motivated by the prospect of more medals (Jane Barlow/PA)

"I would have been OK. [But] how I would have been selected for that Madison I don't know, because prior to last year I would not have had the opportunities that I needed."

The task for Jason is arguably greater. The Netherlands have assumed Britain's previous dominance in the men's sprint events, winning the last three world team titles, and the sum total of his major medals since his triple success in Rio stands at two team silvers behind the Dutch.

"We haven't been the dominant team and we have to find a bit of form, and that is what we have been trying to over the last 12 months," added Kenny.

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Tuesday's key events


TRIATHLON
· Team GB trio Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth all have realistic medal hopes in the women's event (10.30pm-1am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After an impressive opening day, Great Britain play their final group game against a Fiji side level with them at the top of the pool, but also yet to hit their brilliant best (1.30am)

TAEKWONDO
· After disappointment for friend and housemate Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden will go for gold in the women's +67kg category (2am-2.30pm)
· Mahama Cho is another medal contender for Team GB in the men's +80kg class (2am-2.30pm)

SWIMMING
· Team GB's Duncan Scott has the chance to claim his first individual Olympic medal in the men's 200m freestyle final. Teammate Tom Dean is also involved. (2.43am)
· Kathleen Dawson is the Team GB representative in the women's 100m backstroke final (2.51am)

DIVING
· Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson will look to emulate Tom Daley and Matty Lee's success in the women's 10m synchro final (7am-8am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three-time Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin is part of a Team GB team going for gold in the dressage team Grand Prix final (9.30am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Superstar Simone Biles leads the United States side in the women's team final (11.45am-2.10pm)

FOOTBALL
· Team GB's women's team play their final group game, taking on Canada with qualification for the knockout rounds already secured (12pm)

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