Congratulations to Darren Kenny
September 03, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Darren Kenny, Paralympic cyclist and Scanning for Gold contributor added to his previous medal haul at both the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Games with a silver and bronze medal at London 2012, making him the most decorated Paralympian cyclist of all time.
He gained a silver in the Mixed C1 to C5 Team Sprint with Rik Waddon and Jon-Allan Butterworth as Team GB posted a time of 49.519 seconds, narrowly losing gold to China who broke a new world record of 49.454 seconds.
Darren broke a new world record in the Mens Individual C3 Pursuit with a time of 3 minutes 35.257 seconds to claim a bronze medal after missing out on the gold medal final.
Darren has been a key contributor to the Scanning for Gold project which looks at the physiques of high performance athletes and gives an insight into their training regimes as they prepare for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, see one of the exhibition banners below.
Of his experience on the project he said: “Having had so many scans as a result of my injuries, it was really interesting to see my scans from a sports performance perspective. It was fascinating to see the effect of training on my body.”
Led by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) in partnership with the University of Brighton’s Chelsea School, this project uses medical imaging, photography and art to explore how Olympic and Paralympic athletes change their bodies to perform at the highest level and how science prepares them for this challenge.
This exhibition is currently on show at the Jubilee Library in Brighton until the end of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on 9 September.
Scanning for Gold has been awarded an 'Inspire Mark' by the London Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. This is only given to a small number of projects and events that contribute to the Games' lasting legacy or Cultural Olympiad.