Hoy and Kenny Set For Sprint Gold Duel

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 18, 2008 (AFP) - British duo Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny are set for an historic clash in the final of the coveted Olympic sprint after making light work of their rivals in their respective quarter-finals on Monday. Scottish track king Hoy, already a double gold winner in Beijing, dominated audacious young Malaysian Mohd Azizulhasni Awang in their … [Read more...]

Results from the Olympic Games track cycling events here Monday

Men Team pursuit Gold medal final Great Britain (Ed Clancy, Paul Manning, Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins) 3min 53.314sec bt Denmark (Michael Moerkoev Christiansen, Casper Joergensen, Jens-Erik Madsen, Alex Nicki Rasmussen) 4:00.040 Bronze medal race New Zealand (Sam Bewley, Hayden Roulston, Marc Ryan, Jesse Sergent) 3:57.776 bt Australia (Jack Bobridge, Graeme Brown, … [Read more...]

Britain Reap Gold, Smash Records and Depress Rivals

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 18, 2008 (AFP) - Britain's greedy team of track cycling stars continued to sweep up Olympic medals here Monday, smashing their own world record on their way to ending a 100-year wait for Olympic team pursuit gold. The looks on the faces of Australia's squad, who with 10 medals including six gold were crowned the kings of the Athens velodrome in 2004, … [Read more...]

Britain Set New Team Pursuit World Record

BEIJING, Aug 17, 2008 (AFP) - Britain beat their own team pursuit world record in a time of three minutes 55.202 seconds here Sunday on their way to booking their place in the Olympic final for the four-kilometre event. Britain, who surpassed their old mark of 3:56.322 set at the Manchester world championships in March, will now meet Denmark in Monday's gold medal match. An impressive … [Read more...]

Hoy And Pendleton Set Their Sights On Sprint Gold

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 17, 2008 (AFP) - Newly-crowned Olympic keirin champion Chris Hoy is primed for a semi-final clash with three-time world sprint champion Theo Bos as he bids for more Olympic gold in the men's sprint. Scottish sprint king Hoy continued his bid for his third Beijing gold medal after coasting into the quarter-finals of the men's sprint Sunday. Hoy, … [Read more...]

Bradley Wiggins Wins Gold In Pursuit For Great Britain

WIGGINS SCORCHES TO GOLD FOR GREAT BRITAIN WIGGINS WINS OLYMPIC GOLD San Luis Obispo, CA, 16 August 2008 - Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins fulfilled all expectations by netting the gold medal in the Beijing Olympic Games individual pursuit on Saturday. 24 hours after setting a new Olympic record during the qualifying round, Wiggins saw off New Zeland’s Hayden Roulston to take his first … [Read more...]

Ryan Bayley To Leave Track Cycling For A ‘Break’

BEIJING, Aug 17, 2008 (AFP) - Former two-time Olympic champion Ryan Bayley of Australia prepared to leave the Beijing Games here Sunday with a huge question mark hanging over his future in the sport. Bayley came in as the reigning champion in track cycling's tough speed events of the sprint and keirin but failed to make the quarter-finals finals of either competition. Although … [Read more...]

Rebecca Romero Races Into The Olympic History Books

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 16, 2008 (AFP) - Britain's Rebecca Romero is assured of writing a page in the Olympic history books after qualifying Saturday for the women's individual pursuit final alongside compatriot Wendy Houvenaghel. Romero, who won an Olympic rowing silver four years ago in the women's quadruple sculls, clocked a time of three minutes 27.7 seconds in her heat … [Read more...]

Britains Chris Hoy Crowned Olympic Keirin King

BEIJING, Aug 16, 2008 (AFP) - Britain's Chris Hoy claimed his second gold medal of the Beijing Olympics and third of his career when he powered his way unchallenged to the men's keirin crown here on Saturday. Fellow Scot Ross Edgar finished second in the six-man final to take the silver medal with Japan's Kiyofumi winning the bronze. Hoy, who anchored Britain's sprint team to gold … [Read more...]

Llaneras Defies Time To Claim Second Olympic Gold Medal

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 16, 2008 (AFP) - Spaniard Joan Llaneras produced a stunning display of endurance and sprint riding at the Laoshan Velodrome here Saturday to reclaim his Olympic crown in the men's track cycling points race. Germany's Roger Kluge took the silver with Britain's Christopher Newton taking the bronze. Llaneras, 39, reclaimed the title he won at Sydney … [Read more...]