Hoy looking for high five

27 March 2012 / 19:23

Sir Chris Hoy is aiming to take his tally of Olympic gold medals to five at the London Games.

Speaking in Melbourne while making final preparations for the Track Cycling World Championships, which begin on April 4, Hoy reiterated his aim to defend all three of the titles he won in 2008 - so long as he is competitive.

Hoy, who was 36 last week, told a news conference: "I would love to repeat my performances at Beijing in London but to be honest, for me I'm just going to go out there and do my best and just hope to win a gold medal.

"If I could win two or three that would be an amazing result but really my aim is to be Olympic champion in London and if I can repeat (what I did) in Beijing, then that's the dream scenario.

"I don't think it's impossible and I think that I would only enter an event if I believed I could win it. I wouldn't jeopardise a gold medal to win three silvers or a number of medals that weren't gold."

The 10-time world champion is poised to compete in the sprint, team sprint and Keirin at the Hisense Arena next week as preparations for August's Olympic track programme gather pace. He is in competition with Jason Kenny for the one available British spot in the sprint in London and is optimistic he can win selection over his young rival.

"I'm pleased I've done pretty well this year so far and if I can have another good performance here then hopefully it'll be enough," Hoy added.

Hoy won his first Olympic gold in the one-kilometre time-trial in Athens in 2004, two years after taking the Commonwealth title in the event, which was removed from the Olympic schedule prior to Beijing.

The Scot is keen to represent Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with the cycling to take place at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow's east end.

He added: "The ideal swansong would be to have a successful Games in London and then to go on to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because I've never actually raced internationally in my home country in Scotland. That would be the ideal swansong, the great dream, to do the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games."