Gold medal awarded in sprint final, track cycling's marquee event

AP Sports Writer

LONDON (AP) - Jason Kenny earned Britain its fifth Olympic gold medal at the London Velodrome by outclassing world champion Gregory Bauge in Monday's sprint final, track cycling's marquee event.

Kenny, who had never before beaten Bauge, succeeded defending champion and teammate Chris Hoy after beating Bauge 2-0.

Kenny was awarded the sole spot available in the British team at the expense of Hoy after the sport's governing body changed the competition format to allow only one rider per nation in the sprint.

Bauge failed in his bid to become the first Frenchman to win the Olympic sprint title in 40 years.

Shane Perkins claimed the bronze medal with a 2-0 win over Njisane Nicholas Phillip of Trinidad.

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