Sir Chris Hoy became Great Britain’s greatest ever Olympian by winning the keirin at the end of another incredible night in the velodrome.

Hoy took the sixth gold of his career in a close fought battle in the final metres.

“I’m in shock. I’m trying to take it all in, but this is surreal,” said Hoy. “It is what I always wanted – to win gold in front of my home crowd. I can’t express the feelings I’m having right now. It’s just the most amazing feeling.” 

Hoy took the race on from two laps out, but coming in to the final banking German Maximilian Levy had come past him on the outside. Unfazed, Hoy kept going and flew in to the final straight, back in to the lead and across the line for gold.

Hoy’s first gold came in Athens 2004 when he won the kilometre time trial. Three golds famously followed in Beijing and two more here in London.

Hoy moves above Bradley Wiggins at the top of the British Olympians table.

“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,” Hoy said.

Hoy was asked whether he would ever ‘do a Redgrave’ and consider competing in the Games again: ”Not in an Olympic Games. I’m 99.9 per cent sure that I won’t be in Rio. Glasgow 2014 [Commonwealth Games], if I can keep going that would be the dream ending for me.”

Laura Trott also won gold tonight in the keirin, while Victoria Pendleton won silver in the sprint in what was her last ever race.

London 2012: Live text coverage of cycling events



August 7: Track cycling day six



August 6: Track cycling day five



August 5: Track cycling day four



August 4: Track cycling day three



August 3: Track cycling day two



August 2: Track cycling day one



August 1: Men’s and women’s time trials



July 28: Men’s road race



July 29: Women’s road race

London 2012: Latest news



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Pendleton and Varnish out of team sprint



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Britain’s sprinters looking to continue GB medal haul



Wiggins: Tour was perfect Olympic TT preparation



Olympic time trial round-up



Pendleton warms up for London 2012



Cancellara in, Evans out of time trial



CW eyewitness: Remember the name



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London 2012: Team info



Men’s road race start list



Women’s road race start list



Men’s time trial start list



Women’s time trial start list



Team GB rider profiles



Great Britain track team confirmed



Bronzini leads Italian Olympic cycling team



British Olympic men’s road race team announced



Armitstead and Cooke lead GB women’s road cycling team

London 2012: Event guides



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Olympic Games men’s time trial: Who will win?



Olympic Games women’s time trial: Who will win?



Olympic time trial routes announced



Olympic Games women’s road race: Who will win?



Olympic Games men’s road race: Who will win?



Download detailed Olympic road race route map



London 2012 cycling schedule

London 2012: Reports



Tremendous Trott eliminates the rest in Olympic omnium



Kenny stuns Bauge in sprint to win second gold



Bronze for Clancy while Pendleton marches on



Pendleton sets new Olympic record to qualify ahead of Meares



Trott, King and Rowsell keep gold medals coming



Kenny lights up a stuttering men’s sprint competition



Track day two: Pendleton and team pursuiters deliver more gold



Track cycling day one: Hoy leads team sprinters to gold



Wiggins wins gold in men’s time trial, bronze for Froome



Armstrong defends Olympic title in women’s time trial



Cycling events medal table



Women’s road race: Armitstead wins silver as Vos strikes gold



Men’s road race: Vinokourov wins as Cavendish misses out

London 2012: Photos



Track day five by Andy Jones



Track day five by Graham Watson



Track day four evening session by Andy Jones



Track day four evening session by Graham Watson



Track day four morning session by Andy Jones



Track day four morning session by Phil O’Connor



Track day three evening session by Andy Jones



Track day three evening session by Phil O’Connor



Track day three morning session by Andy Jones



Track day two by Phil O’Connor



Track day two by Graham Watson



Track day one by Andy Jones



Track day one by Phil O’Connor


Track day one by Graham Watson




Men’s time trial by Graham Watson



Women’s time trial by Graham Watson



Pendleton track training



Women’s road race by Andy Jones



Women’s road race by Graham Watson



Men’s road race by Andy Jones



Men’s road race by Phil O’Connor



Men’s road race by Graham Watson



Team GB road race training on Box Hill (July 26)

London 2012: Podcasts



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