London 2012

Kenny powers into semis

Brit comfortable to progress

Last Updated: 05/08/12 6:49pm

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Jason Kenny: Looked unstoppable as he comfortably progressed into the semi-finals

Jason Kenny: Looked unstoppable as he comfortably progressed into the semi-finals

Jason Kenny stayed cool under pressure to emerge victorious from his quarter-final sprint match-up in the velodrome.

The Brit was paired off again Azizulhasni Awang in heat one and backed up an impressive showing from Victoria Pendleton to progress through to the semi-finals.

The Malaysian did not make it easy for the Brit, leading the first sprint out hard heading into the bell lap before veering wildly out of the line as Kenny powered past.

Awang was given a warning for his troubles after the erratic display but was among a number of big names to head into the repechages after Kenny overpowered him a second time to win 2-0.

In the most hotly-contested heat of the quarter-finals Gregory Bauge (France) narrowly edged out German powerhouse Robert Forstemann in straight sprints to progress. Also victorious in the heats were Shane Perkins (Australia) and surprise package Njisane Nicholas Phillip of Trinidad.

The evening's performance was a continuation of a strong start to the Games for Kenny, the Brit qualifying fastest on Saturday morning and given a bye into the first round before comfortably seeing off South African Bernhard Esterhuizen in the second round.

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