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By the end of five days of track racing, everyone had run out of superlatives with which to describe the achievements of the British cyclists. Their performances have been simply incredible.

Seven gold medals from a possible eleven demonstrated a level of domination not before seen in the sport. Add to that the gold and silver from the women?s road race and time trial and it?s a performance far ahead of anything expected from this British team. Their gold medal tally is only one short of the one the whole British team achieved in Athens four years ago.

On the final day at the Laoshan velodrome, Chris Hoy confirmed his position at the very pinnacle of his sport with a win in the individual sprint ahead of his young team mate Jason Kenny. That saw the Scot entering the history books as he became the first Brit to win three gold medals in one Games for 100 years.

As he is the only man to have held both world and Olympic titles in all four sprint disciplines, he could now be considered the greatest sprinter of all time.

On the evidence of tonight?s performance, it wont be long before Victoria Pendleton is held in the same regard. British cycling?s pin up girl was never really challenged on the way to her first Olympic gold medal. The only thing that will hold back the plaudits is the fact that she has only one Olympic event she can go for, a fact not lost on her or her competitors.

The team has now won 14 medals, eight of which are gold with the possibility of one more to come in the women?s BMX. The performance begs the question, where do they go from here? Is it possible for the team to improve for London 2012, when the expectation is going to be sky high?

Performance Director Dave Brailsford thinks they can, saying they should be aiming to medal in 16 of the 18 events. With young riders coming through the Olympic Development program and Olympic Academy at a frightening rate, Brailsford believes his immediate challenge will be keeping all his staff.

The level of success, and level of coverage it has brought, means keeping his team together in the build up to London 2012 could be very difficult. After the track competition had ended he admitted that virtually every member of staff, including himself, had been approached by other nations.

So how will he keep them? ?Hard cash always comes in to it, but you have to give them responsibility as well,? he said. If he solves this problem, he then has to put in place a structure that sees the track program run hand in hand with the Pro Nat team that looks set to debut in 2010. ?We?ve thought about it a lot, and we know we can do it,? he said.

On the evidence of the last few days, you wouldn?t dare doubt it.

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