Sir Chris Hoy made it two out of two at the track cycling World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday by taking his second gold medal at the event.
Hoy gave a confident performance in the men’s keirin to take the win ahead of Teun Mulder (Netherlands) and Mickael Bourgain (France). On Thursday, Hoy was part of Great Britain’s gold medal winning team sprint squad alongside Jason Kenny and Matt Crampton.
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Hoy will not ride in Saturday’s men’s sprint, leaving it to compatriots Kenny and Crampton.
Britain’s Victoria Pendleton secured her second silver medal in Melbourne, placing second behind Anna Meares (Australia) in the women’s sprint. Pendleton moved into the final against Meares after her semi-final opponent, Shuang Guo (China) crashed out and ended up in hospital. Kristina Vogel (Germany) was awarded bronze in the absence of a showdown with Guo.
Ed Clancy gave Great Britain its third medal of the day with bronze in the omnium. The world champ placed third in the individual pursuit, 12th in the scratch race and first in the time trial. New Zealand’s Shane Archibold won gold, with Canada’s Zachary Bell claiming silver.
Clancy put in strong performances in the individually contested events in the omnium, but lost out on valuable places in the mass start events – the scratch and points races in particular. Clancy’s attention will now turn to Saturday, where he will line up for the team pursuit with Steven Burke, Andrew Tennant and Jason Queally.
The women’s omnium kicked off with three rounds: flying lap, points race and elimination race. Spain’s Leire Olaberria took the driving seat at the top of the standings, with Canada’s Tara Whitten in second spot. The women’s omnium finishes on Saturday with the final three rounds. No British rider is contesting the event.
Saturday’s concluding day in Melbourne includes the finals of the 500m women’s time trial, women’s omnium, men’s team pursuit, men’s sprint and women’s keirin.
Team GB’s performance so far in Melbourne – two golds, two silvers and a bronze – will have helped amass points for Britain’s track cycling qualification efforts for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
1. Anna Meares (Australia)
2. Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)
3. Kristina Vogel (Germany)
4. Shuang Guo (China)
Men’s omnium: Final overall
1. Shane Archibold (New Zealand) 24 points
2. Zachary Bell (Canada) 31 points
3. Edward Clancy (Great Britain) 35 points
4. Eloy Teruel (Spain) 45 points
5. Tim Veldt (Netherlands) 48 points
1. Chris Hoy (Great Britain)
2. Teun Mulder (Netherlands)
3. Mickael Bourgain (France)
4. Christos Volikakis (Greece)
5. Scott Sunderland (Australia)
6. Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)
Women’s omnium: Standings after three rounds
1. Leire Olaberria (Spain)
2. Tara Whitten (Canada)
3. Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)
4. Evgeniya Romanyuta (Russia)
5. Pascale Jeuland (France)