Men's Sprint - UCI World Cup, London

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17th-19th February 2012
London, UK



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Hoy Back on Form with Sprint Win


Hoy Back on Form with Sprint Win

19th February 2012: For the first time since Beijing, Sir Chris Hoy looked like an Olympic Champion today as he dominated the Men's Sprint in true Hoy style to take Great Britain's fifth Gold medal in three days.

Hoy started the day in great form, storming around the London Olympic Velodrome at 72.492 Kilometres per Hour to set the fastest 200m Qualification time of 9.932s, that not even World record holder Kevin Sireau of France could match, as the Frenchman clocked 10.026s, with Max Levy of Germany third on 10.096s

Hoy's first test came in the Quarter Final when he faced former World Champion Gregory Bauge of France, who despite his fall from grace of late is still the best sprinter of the modern era. Bauge demonstrated this to take Heat One, ignoring the boo'ing from the crowd and putting Hoy in his place.

With the crowd louder than ever, Hoy stuck to his strengths in the second heat, using his 200m speed to level the encounter before making the Semis by winning the decider. Unfortunately for World Champion Jason Kenny he failed to live up to the hype and fell to Levy in his Quarter Final.

Hoy beat another nemesis, Robert Forstemann in the Semi-Final, to make the final where he faced another German, Max Levy, whom he beat to take Gold and delight the British supporters.

"I had a tough day out there," Hoy told BBC Sport.

"I felt it in my legs this morning. I'm really pleased - more than the actual result is the way I rode. I've been making mistakes in the sprint recently but I only made one today. I see this as an important step for the Olympics."

Men's Sprint - UCI World Cup, London Results

1. Sir Chris Hoy (Great Britain)
2. Max Levy (Germany)
3. Robert Forstemann (Germany)
4. Kevin Sireau (France)

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