Chris Hoy roared to another superb victory and world cup gold medal at the Olympic velodrome today, beating Germany’s Max Levy 2-0 in the individual sprint final. Hoy’s two victories represented half of Britain’s four gold medals in the 10 Olympic events included in the World Cup meeting, the others coming from the women’s team pursuit and team sprint riders.
Speaking after the podium ceremony, Chris Hoy said: “What a weekend! Really happy to finish up with a gold in the sprint and overall top nation. Also picked up the overall world cup winner in sprint and keirin.
A lot of hard work to be done before the Games but this is a huge confidence boost.” Great Britain concluded four days of top class action in London with Gold for Chris Hoy in the sprint and Bronze for Laura Trott in the Omnium.
The GB Men’s Team Pursuit squad of Clancy, Burke, Kennaugh and Thomas took silver in the final against Australia while Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish battled in a gruelling three round Keirin programme, with Pendleton reaching the final while Varnish reached the minor final.
If Hoy was the crowd’s hero, Trott was its undoubted heroine on the final day of competition. Poised in third position after three events, Trott looked good for bronze, and a great performance in the pursuit saw her close in on the silver medal position, with Australian Edmondson and Canadian Whitten ahead.