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Arise, Sir Bradley? Golden Wiggins up for knighthood

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Bradley Wiggins celebrates time trial gold at London 2012

Bradley Wiggins is odds-on to be knighted after he won the Olympic time trial gold medal in London.

The cyclist stormed to a glorious victory in Wednesday's race that started and finished at Hampton Court, beating the rest of the field by over 40 seconds to continue an incredible season that has already seen him win the Tour de France.

The victory also brought Wiggins his seventh Olympic medal, to go with his six track cycling medals: he won bronze in Sydney in 2000; a gold, silver and a bronze in Athens in 2004; and two gold medals in Beijing four years ago.

That makes him Britain's most successful Olympian of all time, taking him past Sir Steve Redgrave's tally of six Olympic medals and further cementing his already secure place in the nation's sporting history. He now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with other British Olympic legends such as Redgrave, Chris Hoy and Ben Ainslie.

Hoy, early 20th century swimmer Henry Taylor and 1920s and 1930s rower Jack Beresford are the only other British Olympians with five Olympic medals.

Wiggins was already listed at just 6-4 to be knighted in the New Year's Honours List, but following his magnificent display on the streets of Surrey and South West London he is now 1-8 on.

And as if that all weren't enough, the chirpy 32-year-old is now an astonishing 4-25 on to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Only some sort of enormous drug scandal could stop him now - and indeed Ladbrokes announced immediately after the race that they will be paying out straight away on the end-of-year award.

We only wish we could go back in time to put a bet on cyclists winning that SPOTY award in consecutive years: Wiggins, when he is crowned, will take over from team-mate and 2011 cycling world champion Mark Cavendish.

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