Sir Chris Hoy celebrates winning the gold medal in the men’s keirin event, bringing to a close an Olympic career that saw him win six gold medals (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) rode into the history books at the London
velodrome on Tuesday night as he picked up his 6th Olympic gold medal.
The 36-year-old cruised through his heats in the keirin before clinching an epic final race.
The win makes Hoy his nation’s most successful Olympian of all time,
and although it brings down the curtain on his glittering Olympic
career, the Scot did not rule out one final major championship with the
Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow in two year’s time.
Hoy came into the keirin on the back of gold in the team sprint and in the final event on the track in these Olympic Games
he hit the front early. It looked as though the home crowd would be
left disappointed when Germany’s Maximilian Levy came around the Scot
mid-way through the final lap but with Hoy retaining the inside line and
finding a final surge of speed, gold was rescued and Great Britain’s
domination in the track cemented. Levy, the only competitor to challenge
Hoy in the final, took silver with Teun Mulder (The Netherlands) and
Simon van Velthooven (New Zealand) sharing the bronze after crossing the
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“I couldn’t have asked for more than that,” Hoy said after clearly going through an emotional medal ceremony.
“I think you might have seen the emotion on my face when I got on the
podium. It’s just so much and you’re containing your emotions for so
long, you’re focussing on performance and not the outcome. But to do
this in front of a home crowd and people talk about the burden of
expectations but it couldn’t be further from the truth, for it’s like a
big hand pushing you a long the track. You feel this energy although
you’re trying to block out individual voices and that helped me in the
last bend and the last straight.”
Hoy has been the dominant force in men’s track sprinting for almost a
decade and London was always written in as his swan song Games. The
British youngsters like Jason Kenny are snapping at his heels but Hoy
would not rule out one final major championship in 2014 with the
Commonwealth Games taking place in Scotland.
Asked if he would compete Hoy said, “I hope so. That’s the dream end
to finish in Glasgow. But having said that I’m not taking anything for
granted because two more years is easily said. It’s when you realise
that you’ve got to do 35 hours a week and the sacrifices you put in,
we’ll wait and see. I’ll have decent holiday and then reassess things
and see how I am.”