London 2012 star cyclist Jason Kenny gets honorary doctorate

Jason Kenny
Image caption Jason Kenny won gold medals in the men's team spring and individual sprint events at London 2012

Three-time Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Jason Kenny has been awarded an honorary doctorate from his hometown university.

He was presented with the University of Bolton award in a ceremony held earlier at Victoria Hall.

The 25-year-old, who won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, contributed to what was a successful London 2012 games for Team GB.

He took gold in the men's team sprint and the individual sprint.

Kenny described the university award as a "little bit bizarre, but very special".

He said: "It's very nice to come back to Bolton, they have all been very supportive to me throughout my career at various stages and it's great to be associated with the university here which is growing all the time.

"I was born in Farnworth, so it was commutable to the velodrome where I went to join the kids club, and then you go the other way and you're straight out into Rivington for training and mountain biking so it really was the ideal position for me to build my career on.

"I was very lucky to have these facilities on my doorstep."

It is the second time the cyclist has been honoured by the university, as he was given an honorary Masters degree following his team sprint gold in 2008.

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