Commonwealth Games: Dame Laura Kenny wins Team England gold in velodrome in scratch race | Commonwealth Games News

Dame Laura Kenny won Team England’s first gold medal in the velodrome at these Commonwealth Games; the 30-year-old produced a superb late push to win the women’s 10k scratch race; Kenny said she struggled with motivation and overcame a crisis of confidence to get on the track and race

Last update: 08/01/22 9:48 p.m.

Dame Laura Kenny won gold in the women's scratch race at Lee Valley VeloPark

Dame Laura Kenny won gold in the women’s scratch race at Lee Valley VeloPark

Dame Laura Kenny won a stunning gold medal in the women’s 10km scratch race at the Commonwealth Games and shared after struggling with motivation and confidence.

Kenny showed his experience and physical power to attack the race late and take the win inside the Lee Valley VeloPark on Monday.

The 30-year-old also showed considerable composure during the race as it was cut short mid-race following an accident involving two runners. On the restart, Kenny stayed focused and executed his own racing strategy to perfection.

After receiving her gold medal, Kenny spoke openly about how she could relate to the sentiments shared by fellow sports trailblazer Adam Peaty the day before.

Peaty finished fourth in the 100m breaststroke final on Sunday, having arrived incredibly well in Birmingham after recovering from a broken foot just 10 weeks ago.

The swimmer’s record over that distance was impeccable, the race marked his first loss over the distance in eight years and in a major final.

“It’s incredibly difficult to spend five years in an Olympic cycle with the pressure of being an Olympic champion and a world record holder, having a baby, moving house and doing all these things,” he said. he declared to BBC.

“It’s not normal things and it’s not normal for the brain to work 24/7/365. Because it is and more.

Adam Peaty made a remarkable recovery to compete in the Commonwealth Games

Adam Peaty made a remarkable recovery to compete in the Commonwealth Games

“I just go out there, do what I can do every day and train as hard as I can, but something is missing. For the past two years I just haven’t felt the spark. I think sometimes you can get burnout from the sport you love.

“And, it’s like… okay, how can we find a spark again for the next two years in Paris, and then if we go beyond that, we go beyond that. If we don’t, days happy.”

Kenny has also been through her own adversity over the past year, after sharing that she suffered an ectopic pregnancy in January and as a result almost decided to walk away from the sport.

“I honestly can’t believe it, I told Jase [Jason Kenny] “I think this will be my last race,” Kenny told the BBC after winning gold in the scratch race.

“I watched Adam Peaty and completely thought about his interview and thought that was me. I lost the spark; training is not that easy. Every day I say: “Here we go again”.

“I’ve been at it for three Olympic cycles now, to keep picking myself up after all this year has been a nightmare. I just lost my motivation.

“Then last night I was texting my new coach Len and saying ‘No, I’m not giving up, I still have a roll of the dice, please help me. It couldn’t have been better organized if I had tried.”

Kenny spoke about the challenges she faced personally this year before returning to the track for the Commonwealths

Kenny spoke about the challenges she faced personally this year before returning to the track for the Commonwealths

Kenny made her move with late acceleration, having seen the race go the way she wanted after a crash caused it to split into two sections and a rider was taken off the track on a stretcher.

The accident in the women’s race was not the only one at these Commonwealth Games, unfortunately the major accidents involving runners were shocking and Kenny shared how they affected her.

“Sunday left a really bad taste to be honest. I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind. You see Matt Walls fall apart like that and it really makes you think, ‘What the hell is I do ?’ I’ve been so lucky; in my entire career I’ve had a broken shoulder and a broken arm.

“You see something like this…I had a serious crisis of confidence,” Kenny continued. “I just didn’t want to be on the track and when I feel like that, I run badly.

“While today I was so horny. I kept saying to myself in the bathroom, ‘I can do this.’

“A man on the start line said, ‘You’ve got this Laura’ and I felt like turning to him and saying ‘Yeah, I have’. I was like a completely different cyclist.”

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