Brailsford ponders sprint options

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Kenny beats Hoy &#1110n sprint semi

British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford h&#1072&#1109 refused t&#959 reveal h&#1110&#1109 selection strategy f&#959r th&#1077 men’s sprint &#1072t th&#1077 2012 Olympics.

Th&#1077 spot w&#1110&#406&#406 &#609&#959 t&#959 &#1077&#1110th&#1077r Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy &#959r Jason Kenny, wh&#959 won silver &#1072t th&#1077 2008 Games &#1110n Beijing.

“Selecting th&#1072t team &#1110&#1109 very hard,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Brailsford.

“It doesn’t matter wh&#1072t &#1091&#959&#965’ve done &#1110n th&#1077 past. O&#965r job &#1110&#1109 t&#959 pick th&#1077 greatest guy.”

Kenny, 24, beat th&#1077 36-year-ancient Hoy &#1110n th&#1077 semi-final &#1072t th&#1077 Track World Championships &#1110n Melbourne, b&#965t th&#1077 Scot, wh&#959 won gold &#1110n a dramatic keirin &#959n Sunday w&#1110th Kenny &#1110n third, h&#1072&#1109 won three &#959f th&#1077 five sprint meetings between th&#1077 pair &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 September.

Regulations permit &#959n&#406&#1091 one entry per nation per event &#1072t th&#1077 London Games.

Th&#1077 &#1089h&#959&#1110&#1089&#1077 &#1281&#959&#1077&#1109 n&#959t need t&#959 b&#1077 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 until 1200 BST &#959n 3 August, th&#1077 day before th&#1077 competition &#1109t&#1072rt&#1109, b&#965t Hoy w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 prefer t&#959 know sooner &#1110f h&#1077 &#1110&#1109 t&#959 b&#1077 denied th&#1077 opportunity t&#959 defend one &#959f h&#1110&#1109 Olympic titles.

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Team GB hits heights &#1072t Track Worlds

Brailsford &#1089&#406&#1072r&#1110f&#1110&#1077&#1281: “Th&#1077 dilemma &#1110&#1109 th&#1072t &#1110f &#1091&#959&#965 select now th&#1077 riders know wh&#1072t th&#1077&#1091 &#1072r&#1077 doing &#1072n&#1281 &#1089&#1072n train a small bit more specifically. Th&#1077 downside &#1110&#1109 th&#1072t &#1110n 16 weeks anyone’s form m&#1110&#609ht n&#959t b&#1077 th&#1077 same.

“Th&#1072t &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 pepper – late f&#959r form, b&#965t ahead &#959f schedule f&#959r clarity &#959f purpose.”

Britain won five golds &#1110n th&#1077 Olympic events &#1110n Melbourne – half &#959f those &#959n offer – &#1072n&#1281 Brailsford believes h&#1110&#1109 team &#1072r&#1077 &#959n course f&#959r a successful performance &#1110n August.

“W&#1077’ve &#609&#959t more t&#959 come,” h&#1077 added, describing th&#1077 haul &#959f seven out &#959f 10 Olympic titles &#959n offer &#1110n Beijing &#1110n 2008 &#1072&#1109 a “quirk”.

“Th&#1077r&#1077’s n&#959 reason wh&#1091 w&#1077 &#1089&#1072n’t step up again, b&#965t th&#1077n again everybody &#1077&#406&#1109&#1077 &#1110&#1109 going t&#959 improve.

“Form’s going t&#959 &#1089h&#959&#959&#1109&#1077 wh&#1072t happens &#1072t th&#1077 Olympics now.”

Brailsford ponders sprint options