Jason Kenny Was The Most Amazing Performer At The Olympics On Tuesday

The track cyclist tied a British record by earning his sixth Olympic gold medal

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Aug 17, 2016 at 10:26 AM ET

Track cyclist Jason Kenny etched his name into British lore on Tuesday by winning the gold medal in the keirin, bringing his career total to six and tying the record set by Sir Chris Hoy for the most Olympic gold medals by a British athlete.

But it didn’t come easy. The keirin is an event where cyclists “sprint” about 2 kilometers to the finish after starting the race behind a motorized bike called a derny. Twice the race was stopped because riders jumped ahead of the derny, making for an unusual tense period while judges discussed how to proceed, but Kenny managed his nerves to win the race.

At just 28, Kenny could become the most decorated British Olympian ever at the 2020 games in Tokyo. Hoy was 36 when he won his final gold medal. Kenny would also have to hold off Laura Trott, his fiancé, who is just two behind with four career Olympic gold medals, the fourth of which she won on Tuesday.

Vocativ analyzed millions of tweets about the Olympics and found that Twitter users thought Kenny’s performance was the most amazing of Tuesday’s events. Between 4 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday, Kenny’s name was mentioned 62,203 times.