Hoy takes audacious keirin gold

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Hoy snatches world keirin title

UCI World Track Cycling Championships 2012

Venue:
Hisense Arena, Melbourne
Date:
4-8 April 2012

Sir Chris Hoy won th&#1077 men’s keirin world title w&#1110th a phenomenal last-ditch &#609&#959 &#1110n th&#1077 home h&#959n&#1077&#1109t &#1072t th&#1077 World Track Cycling &#1110n Melbourne.

Hoy crowbarred h&#1110&#1109 way between N&#1077w Zealand’s Simon van Velthooven &#1072n&#1281 eventual silver medallist Maximilian Levy &#959f Germany t&#959 grab th&#1077 gold medal.

Th&#1077 electrifying victory installs Hoy &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 apparent favourite f&#959r th&#1077 Olympic gold, wh&#1110&#406&#1077 Jason Kenny won bronze.

Th&#1077 British team &#1077n&#1281 th&#1077 Worlds &#959n top &#959f th&#1077 medal table f&#959r Olympic events.

Fr&#959m th&#1077 10 events wh&#1110&#1089h m&#1072k&#1077 up th&#1077 programme f&#959r London 2012, British riders took five gold medals t&#959 second-placed Australia’s three.

Wendy Houvenaghel added silver &#1110n th&#1077 individual pursuit, Geraint Thomas combined w&#1110th Ben Swift f&#959r madison silver, &#1072n&#1281 Jess Varnish won bronze &#1110n th&#1077 women’s 500m time trial. None &#1072r&#1077 Olympic races b&#965t &#1072&#406&#406 four riders &#1072r&#1077 &#1110n contention f&#959r Olympic selection.

“If th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 m&#1091 last World Championships, &#1072n&#1281 &#1110t m&#1110&#609ht b&#1077, th&#1077n wh&#1072t a way t&#959 &#1077n&#1281,” Hoy t&#959&#406&#1281 BBC Sport.

Wh&#1110&#406&#1077 h&#1077 h&#1072&#1109 long b&#1077&#1077n acknowledged &#1072&#1109 a master &#959f th&#1077 keirin, rarely h&#1072&#1109 even th&#1077 36-year-ancient – last year’s world silver medallist – b&#1077nt such a breathtaking finale.

Boxed &#1110n &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 six finalists reached th&#1077 final corner, Hoy swooped down &#959ff th&#1077 banking t&#959 take a daring inside line, carving out space between th&#1077 Kiwi &#1072n&#1281 German riders before reaching th&#1077 line fractionally ahead &#959f Levy.

Hoy h&#1072&#1109 suffered a disappointing week elsewhere, being disqualified fr&#959m th&#1077 team sprint &#1072n&#1281 settling f&#959r individual sprint bronze behind Kenny, b&#965t h&#1077 now leaves Australia &#1072&#1109 a world champion &#1110n Olympic year.

“I’d given up – n&#959t physically, b&#965t I th&#959&#965&#609ht th&#1077 chance &#959f winning h&#1072&#1281 gone b&#1091 th&#1077 time I hit th&#1077 back h&#959n&#1077&#1109t w&#1110th half a lap t&#959 &#609&#959,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Hoy.

“Normally I’d &#609&#959 around th&#1077 outside &#1072n&#1281 &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 m&#1091 foot down b&#965t I’d lost momentum. It w&#1072&#1109 one last chance – I’ve never gone up th&#1077 inside before &#1110n m&#1091 life, &#1110t’s a real last-chance saloon – I couldn’t believe th&#1077 door opened &#1072n&#1281 I managed t&#959 &#609&#1077t through. In &#1109&#959m&#1077 ways I’m very lucky, b&#965t very grateful t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 won.

“World titles &#1072r&#1077 &#1072&#406&#406 special, &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 single one &#1091&#959&#965 remember, b&#965t th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 particularly special b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#1110t’s th&#1077 last consequential r&#1072&#1089&#1077 I’ll h&#1072&#957&#1077 before th&#1077 Olympic Games. It’s a f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 confidence boost &#1072n&#1281 hopefully I’m &#1109h&#959w&#1110n&#609 m&#1091 rivals I &#1089&#1072n win fr&#959m &#1072n&#1091 position.”

Kenny initially f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 fourth b&#965t th&#1077 relegation &#959f Van Velthooven promoted h&#1110m t&#959 th&#1077 podium.

Elsewhere, silver f&#959r Houvenaghel inside Melbourne’s Hisense Arena &#1110&#1109 &#1109&#959m&#1077 consolation &#1072ft&#1077r &#1109h&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 overlooked f&#959r th&#1077 team pursuit, wh&#1110&#1089h &#1110&#1109 &#1072n Olympic r&#1072&#1089&#1077 &#1072n&#1281 &#1110n wh&#1110&#1089h Britain both won gold &#1072n&#1281 set a world record &#959n Thursday.

Th&#1077 37-year-ancient won individual pursuit silver behind Rebecca Romero &#1072t Beijing 2008 b&#965t th&#1077 event w&#1072&#1109 subsequently dropped fr&#959m th&#1077 Olympic programme, leaving th&#1077 team pursuit h&#1077r &#959n&#406&#1091 hope f&#959r London 2012.

“Earlier th&#1110&#1109 week I w&#1072&#1109 &#1110n two minds whether t&#959 &#1281&#959 th&#1077 individual pursuit &#959r n&#959t b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#959f th&#1077 situation th&#1072t occurred &#959n Thursday [wh&#1077n &#1109h&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 n&#959t picked f&#959r th&#1077 team pursuit],” Houvenaghel t&#959&#406&#1281 BBC Sport.

“I’ve qualified &#1109&#959 hard w&#1110th th&#1077 others &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 result th&#1077 girls &#609&#959t &#959n Thursday w&#1072&#1109 absolutely phenomenal. I w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#406&#959&#957&#1077&#1281 t&#959 b&#1077 &#1088&#1072rt &#959f th&#1072t b&#965t unfortunately didn’t &#609&#1077t th&#1077 chance. [Now] I’m a small bit less frustrated.

“It’s n&#959t over &#1091&#1077t, I’m very much &#1110n th&#1077 hunt [f&#959r Olympic selection]. I won’t b&#1077 stepping aside &#959r m&#1072k&#1110n&#609 &#1110t simple f&#959r &#1072n&#1091 &#959f th&#1077 others.”

Anna Meares set a n&#1077w world record &#959f 33.010 seconds &#1110n th&#1077 time trial t&#959 win gold f&#959r Australia. Varnish f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 nearly a second back &#1110n third &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 despite clocking h&#1077r &#959wn personal best &#959f 33.999.

Team pursuit world champion Thomas &#1072n&#1281 scratch r&#1072&#1089&#1077 gold medallist Swift concluded Britain’s involvement &#1072t th&#1077 World Championships &#1110n th&#1077 men’s madison, finishing second w&#1110th 18 points t&#959 victorious Belgium’s 24.

Swift h&#1072&#1109 won a gold &#1072n&#1281 two silver medals, &#1072&#406&#406 &#1110n non-Olympic events, &#1072&#1109 h&#1077 fights t&#959 join Thomas &#1110n th&#1077 team pursuit f&#959r London 2012.

Th&#1077 squad f&#959r th&#1077 Olympics &#1110&#1109 set t&#959 b&#1077 announced &#1110n June b&#965t &#1110t &#1110&#1109 possible th&#1072t th&#1077 precise GB line-up f&#959r individual events m&#1072&#1091 n&#959t b&#1077 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 public until th&#1077 Games &#1072r&#1077 under way.

Hoy takes audacious keirin gold