Kenny surpassed Dutchwoman Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel to take the title, as the Team GB cyclist achieved her fifth career Olympic gold.
“It’s unbelievable,” Kenny told the BBC of her achievement. “I am just so glad. I have never wanted to win a race so badly in my life. It was giving me fears like never before. But we went and did it.”
But she added that it wasn’t about the records. In regards to Team GB, Kenny now has the same number of Olympic medals as British equestrian Charlotte Dujardin but has two more golds. She is also the first British woman to win gold at three Olympics.