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Kenny downs room-mate Skinner in British cycling one-two

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Jason Kenny got the better of room-mate Callum Skinner as Britain boosted its dominance of Olympic track cycling with a one-two in the men‘s sprint Sunday.

Kenny won the first pair of races in the best-of-three contest to claim gold with an unassailable 2-0 lead over his team-mate. It is his fifth career Olympic gold and second in Rio after he and Skinner, along with Philip Hindes, won the team sprint.

In the opening duel Skinner led going into the bell lap but Kenny moved out from his slipstream to accelerate past on the line. And in the second outing Kenny proved he could also win from the front, holding off Skinner‘s attempt to attack.

Earlier Russia‘s Denis Dmitriev took the bronze after beating Australia‘s Matthew Glaetzer.

Britain has been the country to beat at cycling since a break-out Games in Beijing 2008 when it won eight of 18 golds and repeated that at London 2012.

And though the British team had a difficult build-up to Brazil, it has won four of 10 golds awarded in Rio de Janeiro so far in addition to a silver and a bronze.

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