Today Chris Hoy entered the record books, becoming the first Brit to win three gold medals in one Olympic Games for 100 years. To underline their dominance of the sprint events, 20-year-old Jason Kenny took the second.
There was also gold for Victoria Pendleton who was a different person to the one the nation saw in Athens four years ago. Pendleton was barely challenged throughout the competition. Even in the final, Anna Meares could do little to threaten the Brit from Hertfordshire.
The stadium was filled with celebs as Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore, Princess Anne and Tony Blair came to watch the action.
Sadly, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were unable to add to the British medal haul as Wiggins suffered following four days of intense competition in the individual and team pursuits.
All pictures from Andy Jones and Graham Watson who have now filled up all their hard drives.
Victoria Pendleton lands the big one. She adds the Olympic title to her six world titles to become the greatest female sprinter of her generation.
Pendleton is asked just for one or two quotes from the press. The win should ensure cycling’s pin up girl is featured in aa few more of the Sunday supplements that love her so much.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair was in the Laoshan velodrome with his family to watch the final day of the track cycling. Jason Kenny and Chris Hoy put on a show for the Blairs, taking gold and silver in the men’s sprint.
Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were heavily marked in the Madison, and Wiggins was obviously feeling the effects of the previous few days work. In what was a close race, gaining just one lap would have seen them in the medals.
Having announced he would be retiring after the Olympics, Juan Esteban Curuchet of Argentina celebrates winning gold in the Madison.
Australia’s Anna Meares and China’s Shuang Guo reach a stalemate in the women’s sprint semi finals. Guo won the match two races to one but was then relegated two second in the deciding race after moving in to the sprinters line and pushing Meares off the track. It was an emotional moment for Meares who broke her neck in a crash over a year ago.
France’s Mickaël Bourgain races to Bronze ahead of Germany’s Maximillain Levy. The Frenchman looked awesome in the bronze medal race which says a lot of the fact that Hoy dispatched with him with such ease.
The Union flag is raised yet again as Kenny and Hoy pose with the cycling team’s 13th and 14th medals. If Kenny doesn’t win this one in London we’ll be very surprised.
Looks like it’s time for another caption competition. Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny share a joke as they wait to be called on to the podium.
For the third time, Chris Hoy finds his family and girlfriend in the crowd. The weight of his achievement finally hit the Scotsman as he burst in to tears when hugging his father.
The proudest man in the world shares a joke with a Chinese fan. He’s got plenty to smile about!
Mark Cavendish waits at the top of the back straight for the start of the Madison. Sadly it wasn’t to be for the quadruple Tour de France stage winner.
China’s Shuang Guo takes a tumble in her race against Anna Meares. A bit embarrassing in front of a patriotic home crowd!
Jason Kenny leads out the sprint from compatriot Chris Hoy. Hoy forced Kenny in to leading out early so he could use his superior top speed to get past him and win his third gold of the games.
|OLYMPIC GAMES 2008: TRACK|
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Day four as it happened: Team pursuit gold and another world record
Day three summary: Gold for Romero. Pendleton, Hoy in charge in sprints. Kenny the revelation
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Brits smash world team pursuit record in round one
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Preview: Monday at the Laoshan
Day two in pictures
Sunday’s action as it happened
Preview: Sunday at the Laoshan
Day two at the track: Summary of the action
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Wiggins gets pursuit gold, Burke wins bronze
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Blog: Life in Laoshan
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Brits blast to team sprint gold
Day one at the track: Summary of the action
Friday’s action as it happened: Gold for team sprint trio; Wiggins, Houvenaghel and Romero well in control
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British track stars raring to go
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|OLYMPIC GAMES 2008: NEWS|
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|OLYMPIC GAMES 2008: ROAD|
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