Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first British cyclist to win an Olympic medal in five different Olympic Games. They don’t call him Sir for nothing.
With Great Britain’s triumph in the team pursuit final in the Rio Olympic Velodrome, Sir Bradley Wiggins has become the first British athlete to win eight Olympic medals. Surpassing fellow cyclist Sir Chris Hoy’s tally of seven, Wiggins now has five golds, one silver and two bronze.
Praise for Wiggins came from Hoy himself, who said:
“He’s the greatest British cyclist of all time because of what he’s done across the board in so many disciplines. Chris Froome has won three Tours de France, which is no mean feat, but Bradley has won road world titles, Tour de France, track titles and set the world hour time record.”
Wiggins said: “The first people I bumped into were Chris Hoy and (rower) Steve Redgrave, so just to be in the same breath as those guys is an honour.
“To be five Olympics on, to have five golds myself, I could never imagine that for one minute. That’s something to tell the kids about.”
In a thrilling and tense final, the British squad of Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Doull beat Australia to win their third straight Olympic gold medal in the event. They did so in world record time, stopping the clock in three minutes, 50.265 seconds.
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