Memorable moments: Hoy leads British charge

The highlight of Britain's magnificent Beijing Games came in the velodrome, where the track cycling team's meticulous preparation and ruthless winning mentality brought an implausible eight golds from 11 events.


In the vanguard of this medal machine sprinted Hoy, who became the first Briton to win three gold medals in a single Olympics since Henry Taylor, in 1908, and the most successful Olympic male cyclist ever.

Hoy led the team sprint to glory, before following up with individual success in the Keirin and sprint - bringing his personal tally four golds after winning the 1km team time trial in Athens.

Such was Britain's dominance that both Hoy's individual golds came at the expense of team-mates - beating compatriots Ross Edgar and Jason Kenny in the finals.

Now 36 and a Knight of the Realm, Sir Chris Hoy won Keirin gold at this year's World Championships, and is favourite to finish his glittering career in grand style in London.

Setting the bar characteristically high, Hoy said: "If I could win two or three that would be amazing 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."

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