Hoy savours fifth gold

02 August 2012 / 21:31

Sir Chris Hoy hailed his fifth Olympic gold as his best after Great Britain's men's team sprint squad triumphed on a night of high drama at the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome.

The Britain's men's team pursuit quartet set a world record, as Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny progressed to the final of the three-man, three-lap team sprint in a world record of 42.747 seconds. The British trio clocked another world record in a stunning finale, finishing in 42.600secs.

Hoy said: "When I crossed the line, I didn't have to look at the scoreboard, I knew we'd won.

"I thought my first win in Athens was the most memorable for me, but this by far is my greatest win.

"It's an incredible feeling."

On moving level with Sir Steve Redgrave as the Briton with the most Olympic gold medals, Hoy added: "It's amazing, but it's just a number really.

"I still don't think anyone can better Steve's record in terms of what he's achieved. It's not just the number, it's the way he did it, in five consecutive Games.

"It's been the hardest couple of years of my career the last two years, trying to keep going and to work harder than I ever have before.

"The older you get, you've got to work so much harder to keep that level.

"To think he did that in five consecutive Games, it's incredible."