Source: Xinhua

08-18-2008 10:06

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chris Hoy claimed Britain's third track cycling gold medal after winning men's keirin event at the Beijing Olympic Games in Laoshan Velodrome on Saturday.

Chris Hoy of Great Britain celebrates in the awarding ceremony of the Men’s Keirin Finals of the cycling-track event during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Laoshan Velodrome in Beijing, China, Aug. 16, 2008. Chris Hoy won the gold medal. (Xinhua/Hou Deqiang)
Chris Hoy of Great Britain celebrates in the awarding ceremony 
of the Men’s Keirin Finals of the cycling-track event during 
the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Laoshan Velodrome in Beijing, 
China, Aug. 16, 2008. Chris Hoy won the gold medal. (Xinhua/Hou Deqiang)

"It just means everything to me. You don't think about the podium or the medal, it's all about the process," Hoy said.

Leading the World Cup standings, the 31-year-old keirin expert went into the first and final round with clear margins above his challengers.

"I put in every ounce of effort. It was sheer hard work on my behalf and on behalf of the coaches," Hoy said, "I had to think about the finish like nothing else. Once I got there, it was unbelievable."

Chris Hoy (R) of Great Britain celebrates after victory in the Men’s Keirin Finals of the cycling-track event during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Laoshan Velodrome in Beijing, China, Aug. 16, 2008. Chris Hoy won the gold medal. (Xinhua Photo)
Chris Hoy (R) of Great Britain celebrates after victory in the Men’s 
Keirin Finals of the cycling-track event during the Beijing 2008 
Olympic Games at the Laoshan Velodrome in Beijing, China, Aug. 16, 2008. 
Chris Hoy won the gold medal. (Xinhua Photo)

Holy's compatriot Ross Edgar took the silver and Japan's Kiyofumi Nagai got the bronze.

Australia's Shane Kelly just failed to medal, finishing fourth in his last Olympic event.

Chris Hoy of Great Britain rides in the Men’s Keirin Finals of the cycling-track event during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Laoshan Velodrome in Beijing, China, Aug. 16, 2008. Chris Hoy ranked 1st in the finals and won the gold medal. (Xinhua/Liang Qiang) 
Chris Hoy of Great Britain rides in the 
Men’s Keirin Finals of the cycling-track 
event during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games 
at the Laoshan Velodrome in Beijing, China, 
Aug. 16, 2008. Chris Hoy ranked 1st in the 
finals and won the gold medal. 
(Xinhua/Liang Qiang) 

"I had to make the move, and I was unlucky, I caught his hip. I went the long way. But I'm not disappointed, I put everything out on the track and you can't ask for more," Kelly said.

Kelly believes Hoy is the best, saying: "He's unbelievable. He is a powerhouse, and his record speaks for itself."

Germany's Carsten Bergemann was fifth and Frenchman Arnaud Tournant placed sixth.

Bradley Wiggins took the second gold for Britain after beating Hayden Roulston of New Zealand in the men's individual pursuit.

Britain had taken a sweet revenge on France when they beat their arch rivals to snatch the men's team sprint on Friday.

Feng Yong (1st R) of China competes in the Men's Keirin First Round Repechage of the cycling-track event during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Laoshan Velodrome in Beijing, China, Aug. 16, 2008. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo) 
Feng Yong (1st R) of China competes in the Men's Keirin First Round 
Repechage of the cycling-track event during the Beijing 2008 Olympic 
Games at the Laoshan Velodrome in Beijing, China, Aug. 16, 2008. 
(Xinhua/Zhang Duo) 

Britain has won eight cycling medals so far including four golds. Nicole Cooke claimed Britain's first gold in Beijing by wining the women's road race last Sunday.


Editor:Yang Lina