OLYMPIC DIARY: Sir Chris Hoy confirms he’s greatest

Sir Chris Hoy. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.
Sir Chris Hoy. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.
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WHAT an honour it was to be in the Olympic Velodrome yesterday to see Sir Chris Hoy win his sixth gold medal.

It takes him to one more than fellow Knight Sir Steve Redgrave, who was there to see him break his own Games’ record.

I positioned myself in the media mixed zone - the area the athletes walk through after competing to speak to journalists - which at the velodrome is right in the middle of the track, next to the warm up area.

It gave me an incredible view of the afternoon’s events and I was able to study Great Britain’s Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Laura Trott at very close quarters.

Warming up the three are unbelievably focused. Pendleton has an icy calm around her that I thought would ensure she won gold.

Unfortunately she was beaten by Australian Anna Meares, he arch-rival and her Games ended with a defeat rather than glorious victory.

Trott had more fortune.

Needing to finish two places ahead of America’s Sarah Hammer in the 500 metre time trial to win the omnium she did so by the narrowest margin to claim gold.

And then there was Hoy.

Cycling around the warm up area he was the model of controlled aggression. He just couldn’t wait to let it all out on the track.

He won his semi-final of the kierin easily and then blew away the field in the final.

He doesn’t just win in the velodrome he owns it by his very presence. A sporting legend.