An unbelievable run of medals at the Olympic velodrome has shot Britain’s bike racers to super stardom. Just when we thought these Games couldn’t get any better, there’s six days of track action to die for.
Sir Chris Hoy’s epic victory in the keirin was one of the defining moments of the Games, not least that it crowned him Britain’s greatest ever Olympian. Of course our success was despite the efforts of our own world governing body that tried its very best to limit our success by changing the events programme and limiting participation to one rider per event. The UCI failed and unbelievably we matched the seven track golds won at Beijing. “It didn’t work out for the UCI in their attempt to manipulate the medal table,” said Hoy. “I think the aim was to try to stop one nation dominating.
“It’s a shame. In the 100 metres final if there’s only Usain Bolt from Jamaica or one American it wouldn’t be the same spectacle. It should be the best of the best, no matter where they’re from.”
This tiresome meddling robbed us of witnessing Kenny in action in the keirin and Hoy in the sprint; two more guaranteed medals.
Then there’s the small matter of scrapping the individual pursuit, it’s as bonkers as not having the 400 metres in the athletics programme. Bradley Wiggins had no problems switching to the time trial for his third gold but he shouldn’t have been denied the chance to defend his title.
Robert Garbutt, Editor.