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More Olympic Glory For Manchester

David McCourt rounds up the winners

Written by . Published on August 8th 2012.

More Olympic Glory For Manchester

SIR Chris Hoy won his sixth Olympic gold medal on the track last night to become the most successful British Olympian of all time.

"We're not here for any other colour, we'll give everything we've got to try and fight for that gold."

The Salford-based cyclist’s gold in the keirin takes him to seven medals in total – the same as Bradley Wiggins, who has four gold, one silver, and one bronze – and overtakes Sir Steve Redgrave’s total of five gold medals.

Fallowfield’s Laura Trott also triumphed last night, taking gold in the women’s omnium.

The 20-year-old, who had already claimed her first gold in the team pursuit on Saturday, became a double Olympic champion in style setting a new Olympic record in the final event of the omnium – the 500m time trial.

Trott said: "I can't believe this has happened to me. I'm peaking at the right time and it's all thanks to the coaches, and the support of the crowd and my family."

Laura+TrottLaura Trott wins double gold at London 2012

Bolton’s Jason Kenny silenced doubters of his selection over Chris Hoy in the individual sprint, beating world champion Gregory Bauge to take gold.

The 24-year-old became a double gold medalist with victory over the Frenchmen, and vindicated the selector’s decision to opt for Kenny over Hoy under the new one-rider-per-nation rule.

Hoy tweeted after Kenny’s victory: 'I know I said I was off Twitter until after tomorrow, but that was PHENOMENAL by Jason Kenny. So happy and proud of him, well deserved, mate.'

Last night’s victories capped an incredible Olympics for Team GB Cycling, which has been based at the Manchester Velodrome since it opened in 1994, winning a total of seven gold medals.

To put that in perspective, the rest of the world combined has won three.

Jasonkenny_2806719Bolton's Jason Kenny wins gold in the men's individual sprint

It wasn’t all smiles at the Velodrome for Team GB though, as Victoria Pendleton lost her Olympic sprint title in her final race.

The Manchester based Briton has enjoyed a illustrious career on the track, but was denied a dream ending after she was disqualified in the first race, and lost the second, to Australia’s Anna Mears in the final.

Rochdale’s Stuart Bithell has secured at least silver in the Olympic regatta, and still has a shot at gold with one race to go.

Bithell, along with fellow 470 sailor Luke Patience, trails Australia’s Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page by four points.

Crew Bithell said: "We're just a few points behind and they've got it all to lose. We're in a win-win situation now."

Luke-Patience-Stua_2297609BGoing for gold: Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell

Women’s hockey captain, Kate Walsh of Withington, will face Argentina today for a place in the Olympic final.

Walsh’s team are hoping to guarantee Britain’s first hockey medal since 1992, when they won bronze.

Walsh told BBC Sport: "We're not here for any other colour, we'll give everything we've got to try and fight for that gold."

Team GB won their first three matches but have struggled to sustain their form – defeats to China and Netherlands causing them to slip to second in their pool.

Andy Turner, of Sale Harriers, is safely through to the semi-final of the men’s 110m hurdles as former champion Liu Xiang crashed out of the event.

Turner, who finished third behind his Chinese competitor at the world championships last year, won the heat in 13.42secs.

Andyturner_20070830Andy Turner and Liu Xiang race in the 110m hurdles

Turner said of Lui: "I regard him as probably the best hurdler in history and have so much respect for him. It was horrible seeing him limp off like that, so you have to go and help people.”

You can follow David on Twitter @DavidPMcCourt

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Kevin PeelAugust 9th 2012.

What a fantastic bunch of athletes we have. Proud to be British and proud to be Mancunian!

StephAugust 9th 2012.

All the talk in the media about the amount of medals that Yorkshire has won, I'm sure that the North West must've won more.

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