2 August 20:04 (BST)


GLASGOW - Comments from Laura KENNY (GBR) after Great Britain qualified for the semifinals of the track cycling team pursuit event at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Emirates Arena, on Thursday.


On the disruptions to her training after the birth of her first son Albie with husband and team-mate Jason KENNY (GBR) in September 2017: 

"I think we're just used to it now, to be honest. It's just one of those things you accept and work with it. I wouldn't change it for the world and I think being a mum is more important to me (than cycling), if I'm totally honest.

"He still hasn't slept a night through. He wakes up maybe two or three times now whereas before it was like, honestly, every hour-and-a-half he'd be awake.

"He's obviously come (to Glasgow) but he won't be coming in the velodrome."

On the biggest difference to her cycling career:

"Fitting my training around Albie and not the other way round. When you haven't got a baby, you're really selfish. That's part of being an athlete. Whereas now, he comes before anything. So if he's ill or he's had his jabs, I'll miss a session for that rather than thinking about training 24/7."

On whether she can regain her top form from two years ago, when she won team pursuit gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games:

"The level I came from was Rio so that's obviously what I'm going to compare to, and I'm not back there but it took me two years to get that far anyway. I'm a year in, now, so maybe in a year's time I'll have it back."

On taking the team pursuit silver medal at the world championships in March:

"I didn't expect to be in the team, I don't think anybody expected me to be back six months after giving birth. For me it was an achievement in itself going, and to come away with a silver was bonus."

CNS ph/mr

CNS content is available free of charge to all media. No copyright restrictions apply.