Cyclist’s life changed by medal

Peter KennaughKennaugh won the island’s first gold medal for a century in London

Peter Kennaugh has said his life has “changed massively” since winning a gold medal at the Olympics.

The 23-year-old from Onchan was part of the the British men’s cycling pursuit team which won gold in a world record time at the London Velodrome.

“Life has changed massively since the medal. No one really knew who I was before the Olympics – I was just another rider on Team Sky,” he said.

His achievement was recognised with a golden postbox in his home town.

Kennaugh spoke on Friday to children at Peel Clothworkers’ school about his Olympic experience.

‘Pretty chilled out’

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“I have definitely been busy but I guess that is what comes with the medal”

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His win came 100 years on from the island’s last Olympic gold won by Sulby-born Sidney Swann at the 1912 games.

He said: “Life was pretty chilled out before the Olympics, but that’s all changed now. It’s a constant bombardment of emails and invitations.”

Kennaugh won his medal as part of a quartet including Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Steven Burke.

He continued: “The other guys in the team are from all over the UK so maybe their achievement was slightly overlooked.

“The Isle of Man is a small place and it has been incredible the response and good wishes I have received from people.

“I have definitely been busy but I guess that is what comes with the medal.

“It’s hard work to fit it all in but it is always worth it – it means a lot to me.”

Kennaugh began his racing career at the age of six, taking part in BMX events in the Isle of Man.

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