Injured Olympic champion Laura Kenny doubtful for Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong

Four-time Olympic Games gold medallist withdraws from two competitions this month ahead of April 12-16 event

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 January, 2017, 7:52pm
UPDATED : Monday, 16 January, 2017, 7:52pm

Olympic champion Laura Kenny’s participation in April’s Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong has been threatened by a hamstring injury, it emerged on Monday.

The four-time gold medallist, who under her maiden name of Laura Trott, won two Olympic titles at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games, has now withdrawn from two competitions this month.

She will now miss the Six-Day event in Berlin starting Thursday and the UK National Track Championships in Manchester that get underway on January 27.

“British Cycling’s Laura Kenny has withdrawn from the forthcoming Six Day Berlin and HSBC UK National Track Championships having sustained a hamstring strain,” said a statement issued by the national governing body.

“Laura is undergoing treatment and hopes to return to full fitness soon.”

Riders have been known to opt out of the first World Championships following an Olympics, but Kenny’s injury means she could be forced into missing the April 12-16 edition in Hong Kong.

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Depending on the severity of the injury, it can take as long as 10 weeks to recover from a hamstring problem.

Kenny married fellow British cyclist Jason Kenny, himself a six-time Olympic champion, in September.