LAURA KENNY vowed to win three medals in Tokyo — despite doctors saying she will not make the Olympics.
Yet she admits it is a huge RISK returning so quickly to the saddle at the UCI World Track Cycling Champs in Berlin.
Four-time Olympic champion Kenny broke a bone in her shoulder and suffered concussion in a horror World Cup crash in Canada last month.
The 27-year-old decided against an op — but has admitted for the first time she was told she might not make Japan this summer.
Kenny said: “I was slightly worried when I sat down with the collarbone specialist.
“He asked my time frame and I said four weeks. He said no chance. Then he said, ‘What’s after that?’ I said six months and the Olympics. He said even that was off the cards.
“I looked at our doctor Nigel and was like, ‘You’re having a laugh’. Nigel said ignore him — and here I am.
I told the team member, ‘Please don’t let go of me because I think I’ve broken my arm
“I didn’t need an op and can ride a bike. But my scapula is broken — it will never be the same again.”
Kenny, who has a two-year-old son, Albie, with fellow rider Jason, was brought down accidentally by rivals in an omnium race in Milton.
She admitted: “I don’t remember much and don’t know who picked me up from the side of the track.
“I told the team member, ‘Please don’t let go of me because I think I’ve broken my arm’.
“Our doctor told me to take paracetamol — but I wanted something stronger as I was in so much pain, saying, ‘Please, can I have gas and air’.
“I knew from giving birth that gas and air is just wonderful. I just wanted something to get rid of this pain. It felt horrendous.
“The amount of impact to break a shoulder is insane. When I went to hospital they asked if I had crashed a motorbike.
“It’s been the most challenging three weeks of my career. The first week I couldn’t pick Albie up or put him on the change table.
“Jason has been doing everything and has even had to wash my hair. I actually went 36 hours without having a shower when I got back home.”
In Germany this week, Kenny has been dropped from the signature team-pursuit event and madison and will instead race the omnium and non- Olympic scratch race.
She won two golds at both London 2012 and Rio 2016.
No Brit woman has won three gold medals at a single Olympics and Kenny does not want to give up on her dreams just yet.
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Ahead of the worlds, starting tomorrow, she promised: “I’m still going for three medals. This has taken me out of one race.
“I fully believe I can be fine. Even the doctor thought I had gone crazy putting it on the line at the worlds and there are risks.
“It’s a lot weaker now if I crash and I’d be putting myself back a lot if I do. But it’s a risk I’m willing to take.”