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Rio 2016: Car sales manager congratulated in Jason Kenny Twitter mix-up

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Media captionJason Kenny beats Jason Kenny to Twitter handle

A car salesman has received a flood of congratulatory tweets after he was mistaken for an Olympic gold medallist.

Jason Kenny, 46, has been getting more than 50 messages a day on Twitter from fans of his namesake who has won three gold medals in Rio.

The father-of-one, who like the Olympian is originally from Farnworth, said it was an "absolute pleasure" to get the cyclist's tweets.

"I reply and say thank you but I am not in Rio", he told the Bolton News.

The Peugeot car sales manager, who lives in Adlington, said it was no trouble for him and "because he's such a nice guy, they are always very nice messages".

'Often confused'

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Image caption Kenny has won seven Olympic medals in total
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Image caption Jason Kenny said he retweets the messages meant for the Olympic cyclist

Mr Kenny has gone to considerable efforts in his Twitter biography to differentiate himself from the star.

It reads: "Bolton lad but not an Olympian, that's @jasonkenny107 who's amazing + not Canadian that's @jkenney who's...Canadian. Often confused for both you ain't the first."

Cyclist Jason Kenny equalled Sir Chris Hoy's British record of winning six Olympic gold medals on a sensational night in Rio on Tuesday.

Mr Kenny then woke up to a string of tweets praising the 28-year-old Olympian for his success.

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Image caption Some tweets praised the 'golden couple' after his namesake's fiancee Laura Trott became the first British woman to win four Olympic golds
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Image caption Mr Kenny is also a motorcyclist who is raising money for prostate cancer

He said it has happened for years, starting during the Beijing games, continuing in London and now Rio.

"I usually just re-tweet them or sometimes I reply", he said.

People "usually apologise" when they realise their mistake, he said, "but they don't need to - it's easily done!"

A keen cyclist himself, Mr Kenny remembers getting a "good luck" tweet from the Olympian in 2012 when he messaged him about a bike challenge he was completing early one Sunday morning.

He said the sportsman "is doing fantastically" in his career, adding: "If he does not become Sir Jason Kenny, then there is something wrong."

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Image caption The Olympian thanked fans and said he's "proud to be part of the team's Olympic success and doing my bit"

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