LONDON (AFP) — Sir Chris Hoy crowned his Olympic career with a record sixth gold medal here Tuesday to become the most decorated British Olympian in history after powering to victory in the keirin.
Germany’s Maximilian Levy finished second to take the silver with New Zealand’s Simon Van Velthooven and Dutchman Teun Mulder sharing the bronze after a long wait for a photo finish decision.
Hoy won three Olympic gold medals in the sprint, keirin and team sprint four years ago to add to his kilometer time trial crown from Athens in 2004.
And despite being unable to defend his sprint title after being ousted by Jason Kenny for Britain’s sole spot in the event, Hoy struck gold twice in his two London events, the team sprint and keirin.
The 36-year-old Scot’s sixth gold means that he overtakes Sir Steve Redgrave’s tally of five gold medals, all of which were won in consecutive Games.
“I’m in shock; you try and compose yourself, but it’s surreal,” said Hoy. “I wanted to win gold in front of my home crowd. I saw everyone stepping up to the plate and thankfully it worked out for me too.”
Asked if he would compete at the Rio Games in 2016, Hoy said his preference would be to end his career at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
“Not in an Olympic Games. I’m 99.9 percent sure that I won’t be in Rio. Glasgow 2014, if I can keep going that would be the dream ending for me,” he said.
“This is the perfect end to my Olympic career. At Sydney (2000), I was just over the moon with a silver medal.
“If I’d have stopped then I would have been a happy boy, but to go on to Athens, Bejing and here, I can’t put it into words,” added Hoy, who was in tears at the medal ceremony.
Having coasted through the first and second rounds of the keirin earlier in the day, Hoy proved imperious once he got to the final.
After the motor-pace derny left the track with two-and-a-half of the eight laps to go, Hoy was quick to counter a move on the outside by Malaysia’s Azizulhasni Awang.
When Levy then pulled to the front, Hoy kept Levy in his sights before rounding the final bend with a lead over the five other finalists that they failed to haul back in a frantic drive for the line.
While Levy finished second to add silver to his bronze medal from the team sprint, it took several minutes for the judges to make a decision on the bronze.
Unable to, they decided Mulder and Van Velthooven should share the bronze.