Hoy backs Trott to claim Olympic record

18 November 2012 / 15:23

Sir Chris Hoy has predicted Laura Trott could surpass his Olympic achievements.

The 20-year-old from Cheshunt won team pursuit and omnium gold at London 2012 as Hoy also won two titles to take his total to six, overtaking Sir Steve Redgrave as the most decorated British Olympian of all time.

Hoy won his first Olympic title in Athens, aged 28, and will not be present in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, when Trott will defend her endurance crowns provided the programme remains the same.

"She's got youth on her side, she's got plenty of time ahead of her and she's got ability, clearly," Hoy said. "What might stand in her way is the programme selection, you just don't know what (cycling's world governing body) the UCI are going to do to her events.

"Whatever events there are for an endurance athlete like Laura, she has the potential to dominate and she can go on for three more Olympic Games and could easily go on to become Britain's most decorated Olympian."

The six-discipline omnium was introduced in London after a wide-ranging overhaul of the track programme following a dominant showing by Britain in 2008.

But the hosts matched their Beijing gold medal tally on home soil, with seven titles from 10 events. The regulation changes limited the competitors to one rider or team per nation per event and Hoy was overlooked for the sprint event he won in 2008 in favour of Jason Kenny.

Kenny justified the selection, adding individual gold to the team sprint title he won alongside Hoy and Philip Hindes.

The 24-year-old from Bolton also has an opportunity to overhaul Hoy's total of six Olympic golds.

"Hopefully Jason has the confidence now he's shown he's the best in the world that he can stamp his mark on the world sprinting stage," Hoy added.