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Kenny seeking improvements in Minsk
Three-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny is targeting improved showings at the Track Cycling World Championships beginning in Minsk this week in the first global event since the London 2012 Olympics.
The 24-year-old from Bolton has just one world title to his name and that was by default, when Gregory Bauge was stripped of the 2011 men's sprint title for an anti-doping violation.
"That was a bit of a rubbish way to win the worlds in 2011," Kenny said. "If I was to win it again in the future I'd want to win it properly on the day. I'll be doing everything I can to put myself in the best place possible. I really want to win."
Kenny will bid to claim the sprint title on the bike on Sunday's final day of competition, with his focus first on Thursday's team sprint and Friday's Keirin.
With Sir Chris Hoy missing the championships as he deliberates over his future and Ed Clancy back in the team pursuit squad following a flirtation with the shorter distance, the Bolton rider is the senior figure in the team sprint squad.
He is to be joined in the three-man, three-lap team sprint event by fellow Olympic champion Philip Hindes and Kian Emadi or Matt Crampton. Emadi, 20, is favourite to get the nod.
Kenny said: "It's impossible to ignore that Kian is going quicker than anyone at the minute and he has shown real speed.
"He has obviously been working really hard while we have been at the Olympics, he's been working away quietly and he's getting the rewards for that now. It's very possible he could be in the starting line-up.
"Then it depends on what Phil and I do in front of him. If we do get it together and do what we are capable of we could end up going fairly fast and being quite competitive and hopefully pushing for the win.
"We're certainly going to be there or thereabouts. "Hopefully we'll be able to get on the top step, as opposed to battling for minor places. It's not going to be easy, by any means."