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Hoy claims second gold as Great Britain finish London World Cup with eight medals

Sir Chris Hoy believes he is in his best form since winning triple gold at the Beijing Olympic Games having won two gold medals and a bronze at the London World Cup.

The 35-year-old claimed team sprint bronze with Ross Edgar and Jason Kenny on Friday and upgraded to gold in the keirin on Saturday.

And the Scot capped a superb weekend with individual sprint gold on Sunday, producing a scintillating performance to beat Germany’s Maximilian Levy 2-0 in the final.

“I don’t think I would have expected to win two golds and a bronze,” said Hoy. “I was hoping for some good performances but this is the best I’ve been since Beijing, there’s no question about that.”

Hoy and Kenny are both fighting to earn selection as Great Britain’s individual sprint representative at the Olympic Games but world champion Kenny’s chances took a hit when he was beaten by Levy in the quarter-finals.

Kenny returned to the track to comfortably win the four-way race for fifth but the 23-year-old must now impress at April’s World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, if he is to deny Hoy the chance to defend his Olympic sprint title from Beijing.

“There’s still a long way to go and Jason’s a formidable opponent. He’s not going to lie down and acceptable, he’ll fight back in Melbourne,” said Hoy.

“He’ll be disappointed but he’s not far away and he was up against Max in the quarter-final, who was the eventual silver medallist, so he’s almost there and if he gets a little more speed before the World Championships then he’ll be a real tough cookie to crack. It’s not over by a long shot.”

Kenny added: “I don’t know about handing Chris the initiative, we have other races going on in the background.

“We’re just concentrating on getting faster for both the worlds and the Olympics. I’ve been chasing times all year and that’s the fastest 200m I’ve done this year by quite a margin so I’m pleased with that.”

Great Britain finished the weekend with eight medals to earn the team prize for the final round of the World Cup, with rising star Laura Trott, part of the women’s team pursuit trio that won gold in a world record time on Friday, earning bronze in the six-event omnium, going fastest in the final 500m time trial to move from fourth to third amongst a world class field.

But Victoria Pendleton failed to medal in the women’s kierin final, while Great Britain’s men’s team pursuit quartet finished second behind a formidable Australian outfit.

Great Britain’s medallists in London

Friday
Victoria Pendleton, Jess Varnish – women’s team sprint
Dani King, Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott – women’s team pursuit
Ross Edgar, Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny – men’s team sprint

Saturday
Chris Hoy – men’s keirin
Joanna Rowsell – women’s individual pursuit

Sunday
Chris Hoy – men’s sprint
Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Geraint Thomas – men’s team pursuit
Laura Trott – women’s omnium

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