The medal program is such BS atm, so focused on sprinters and not enough endurance track events. Why things like IP, Points, Scratch and Madison have at various times had to make way for the X-Games nonsense but none of the sprint events do, I've no idea (the kilo is the only major loss on this side).The simple answer to everything is to cut the keirin from the Olympic program. Jason Kenny has won enough already.
The Team Sprint is my least favourite track event. It has neither the tactical attraction of the match sprint, nor the cohesive demands or endurance and tactical pacing requirement of the Team Pursuit. It's just a straight watts showdown.
The dominance of the Britons has not just been the result of the money ploughed into a relatively shallow field of competition, but they've also been fortunate with the changes in the track program, as these have reduced the available haul for the mass start events which have a wider range of variables (and a more varied field of entrants as well), and increased the available haul in the events with fewer variables, and where their increased funding and technology has a disproportionately larger impact, and that happening at the same time as they have some absolute monster riders for those formats has meant that the medal haul of a rider like Kenny is inflated compared to what would have been available to that same rider 20-30 years ago. Endurance events other than the TP have only existed as part of the Omnium for the last decade, the Madison is back but there are no other field start events and the IP remains absent too.
In 1992, Kenny only really has the match sprint available to him unless he fancies the kilo, while an endurance trackie would have points, IP and TP. In 2000, two sprint events (keirin and team sprint) were added while one endurance event (madison) was added, redressing the balance in the men's events while the women still had a very limited program. The kilo was removed in 2008 to make room for BMX. In 2012, the program was balanced between the genders, but the men's events saw zero sprint events removed while three endurance events (madison, IP and points) were removed. And while the omnium does largely favour endurance, it's also one event replacing three, and 2 of its 6 events are sprint events (the kilo and the flying lap) and it basically pays one medal for the entire endurance program whereas the sprint specialists have three medals available to them, which is BS.