Sir Chris wins sixth Olympic gold medal

Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy rode himself into the record books as he claimed his sixth Olympic gold.

The Scot won the keirin at the velodrome to add to the gold medal he won a few days ago in the men’s team sprint.

“I wanted to win gold in front of my home crowd. I saw everyone stepping up to the plate and thankfully it worked out for me too,” said Sir Chris.

“The keirin is a lottery and you never take anything for granted in it. I can’t describe the feelings I have at the moment. This is enough for me – this is the perfect end to my Olympic career.

“I can’t put into words what it means to me. It’s one of the greatest feelings I have ever had.”

The sixth gold means that he is now the most successful British Olympian of all time and he stressed that he would not be returning to the track for the Rio Games in 2016, although he does plan to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

There was also another gold medal for cycling team member Laura Trott. Following on from her winning performance in the women’s team pursuit event, she claimed victory in the omnium – a two-day event that involves six different disciplines.

Trott won by just one point and added: “Not many 20-year-olds can say they have two gold medals.”

Team GB’s cycling squad have performed well in the London 2012 Games in front of a sell-out crowd including many enjoying London getaways, winning seven golds, one silver and one bronze from the ten events held in the velodrome.

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