DARREN KENNY

Date of birth: 17/03/1970

From: Verwood, Dorset

Team: Great Britain

Darren Kenny career profile

A talented rider as a junior, an accident in the Tour of Ireland as an 18 year old started a year of misfortune for Darren Kenny. The fractured skull and vertabrae suffered in the crash were compiled by a car smash and work accident, all within the space of 12 months and all featuring head injuries.

The accumulative effect of the three incidents left Kenny with restricted movement on the right side of the body and on heavy medication to dull the pain.

At the age of thirty, Kenny started on the comeback trail. With adjusted medication and less side-effects, the rider from Dorset got back on the bike – initially to lose weight and get fit – and dropped from 92kg to 69kg.

He was soon back into competition on the track, initially in the local track league at Calshot, before discovering and making contact with the Paralympic squad.

Kenny took two golds and a silver at the Athens Paralympics and has been winning track World Championships and setting new World records ever since. He reached new heights at the Beijing Paralympics, bagging four golds and a silver from the five events ridden – kilo, team sprint, pursuit, road time trial and road race.

The 2012 Olympics in London were not quite as prolific, coming in the twilight of Kenny’s career, but he nonetheless came away with bronze in the individual pursuit and silver in the mixed team sprint.

He holds the ‘absolute hour’ record (using aero equipment), which stands at 41.817km, and recently added the ‘athletes’ hour’ (on a standard bike), covering 40.156km on the Copenhagen track.

Kenny was awarded the OBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list in recognition of his achievements.

Darren Kenny results

2009

Paralympic World Cup, Manchester, kilo gold

Paralympic World Cup, Manchester, pursuit gold

Paralympic World Cup, Manchester, team sprint gold

World champion, CP3 ‘kilo’

World champion, CP3 pursuit

World champion, CP3 team sprint

CP3 Athlete’s Hour record

2008

Paralympic champion pursuit

Paralympic champion team sprint

Paralympic champion kilo

Paralympic champion road race

Paralympic World Cup, Manchester kilo gold

Paralympic World Cup, Manchester pursuit gold

Paralympic World Cup, Manchester team sprint gold

2007

World Disability champion pursuit

World Disability champion kilo

2006

World Disability champion pursuit

World Disability champion kilo

Paralympic World Cup, Manchester kilo gold

Paralympic World Cup, Manchester team sprint gold

Paralympic World Cup, Manchester pursuit gold

2005

World Disability champion pursuit

World Disability champion kilo

World Disability champion team sprint

World Disability champion 200m sprint

World Disability champion road race

European Paralympic Championship pursuit gold

European Paralympic Championship kilo gold

European Paralympic Championship team sprint

Paralympic World Cup, Manchester pursuit gold

Paralympic World Cup, Manchester kilo gold

Paralympic World Cup, Manchester 200m sprint gold

Paralympic World Cup, Manchester team sprint gold

2004

Paralympic champion pursuit

Paralympic champion kilo

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