BRITAIN'S most successful Olympic couple insist they have put the prospect of medal milestones to the back of their minds as they prepare for next month’s delayed Tokyo Olympics.

Laura and Jason Kenny, who live in Chelford with their young son Albi, can each become the top British male and female Olympians of all time if they bolster their cumulative 11-strong total in the Japanese capital.

They have been confirmed among a 26-strong cycling squad for the Games next month.

Laura said: “I don’t really think about it. In Rio, someone was like, ‘you know no other female has ever won more? I was like, oh, I hadn’t realised."

With four golds, Laura Kenny sits one behind Dame Katherine Grainger’s total of five on the domestic all-time list, while husband Jason sits on seven, one short of Sir Bradley Wiggins’ career tally of eight.

Jason added: “It is just another race. Every gold medal has been special, right back to Beijing. They have all got a story and this one would be no different.

“I don’t really think about medals or anything. I just focus on the task and try to put in a performance worthy of being at the sharp end.”

Both Kennys, who were made freemen of the Cheshire East borough after their heroics in Rio in 2016, face longer odds in their respective bids to improve their medal totals, with Laura fighting back from a broken shoulder which would have severely hampered her quest had the Games not been initially postponed.

The longer lay-off has enabled her to cement a place in the team pursuit, omnium and Madison and she admitted: “For me as an athlete, having this extra year has definitely helped me.

“I would have been OK. But how I would have been selected for that Madison I don’t know, because prior to last year I would not have had the opportunities that I needed.”

The task for Jason is arguably greater.

The Netherlands have assumed Britain’s previous dominance in the men’s sprint events, winning the last three world team titles, and the sum total of his major medals since his triple success in Rio stands at two team silvers behind the Dutch.

“We haven’t been the dominant team and we have to find a bit of form, and that is what we have been trying to do over the last 12 months,” he added.

Joining Laura in the women’s endurance squad are fellow Olympic champions Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker along with Neah Evans and Josie Knight.

In the men’s sprint squad, Ryan Owens and Jack Carlin will join Jason.

British Cycling performance director Stephen Park said: “I am incredibly excited by the squad we have selected to represent Team GB in Tokyo, and there will be plenty for British cycling fans to cheer for during the Olympic Games.

“We have six Olympic champions bolstering our squad, with Geraint Thomas, Ed Clancy, Jason Kenny, Laura Kenny, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald all very driven to add more medals to their palmares."