Jason and Laura Kenny to be made Sir and Dame after record-breaking Olympics

The track cycling power couple are set to be rewarded for their historic achievements at multiple Olympic Games having collected 15 medals between them after Tokyo 2020

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Tokyo 2020 round-up: Jason Kenny and Lauren Price end Olympics in golden glory

Team GB stalwarts Jason and Laura Kenny are set to win their latest prizes and become a knight and dame respectively after their record-breaking performances at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.

During the Games, Jason became Britain’s most decorated Olympian ever, while wife Laura is now the most successful female athlete for Team GB at Olympic games.

According to government insiders, the happy couple are now shoo-ins for the honours list after they returned to the UK yesterday, leading the final party of Team GB’s heroes back to Heathrow.

One inside source with knowledge on the matter said: “I think you can expect Team GB’s golden couple to be showered with gongs next.

Jason and Laura Kenny are to be rewarded for their Olympic heroics with an appearance on the honours list


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“The whole team deserve massive praise but the Kennys’ historic achievements will be top of the list to be honoured.”

Jason picked up his seventh gold medal on Sunday morning, racing away from the rest of the field in the men’s keirin event to surpass his former team-mate Chris Hoy’s haul of six gold medals.

He had already become the Team GB athlete with the most medals ever after winning silver in the team sprint event earlier in the week. His medal collection started at Beijing 2008 with a silver in the individual sprint.

Laura won her fifth gold in the madison event after a dominant performance alongside Katy Archibald left the rest of the field in the dust, and also won her only ever silver in the team pursuit at Tokyo 2020. Her first medal came at the London 2012 games.

Team GB’s athletes have been showered with praise from all corners after their incredible success in Japan.

Overall, the team won 65 medals across 25 different sports, including 22 gold medals. It is Team GB’s third best ever haul, following the success at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

On Monday, the Queen spoke highly of the competitors, saying: “The skill, determination and hard work shown by the athletes and their support teams throughout the unique and challenging circumstances of the last year has been an inspiration to us all.”

Julian Knight, who chairs the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee also eulogised over the accomplishments of the group.

Knight said: “It’s incredible to think that the plucky Brits have won more golds than the Russians, Australians and many of the nations of the EU combined.”

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden added his name to the list of those praising the performance, saying: “Our athletes have trained in the most difficult of circumstances and, despite the challenges of the pandemic, they have brought the entire nation together as we’ve cheered them on from our TV screens.”

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