the very top.
That final Olympic gold medal in the London velodrome last August in the keirin was the perfect way to end a career that has been filled with medals and greatness in the sport.
One final push on that final bend on the final day of the track cycling, in what was yet another great Olympics for the GB team. Levy almost went over the top of Hoy on that bend, almost got enough to take and unassailable lead into the final straight. But no the master had one last spurt to take his 6th Olympic title, his seventh medal.
Seven Olympic medals – joint most by any Brit along with Sir Bradley Wiggins, Wiggo having a few more bronze and silvers knocking him below Hoy – to go with 25 World Championships medals, 11 of them gold medals to go with rainbow jerseys.
You can understand why he tried to carry on until the Commonwealth games in Glasgow next year, what with the cycling taking place n the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome – then there’d be that temptation of trying for Rio which just be 2 years after. But Hoy has been honest with himself and realised that his best days are behind him and he’s nothing to prove.
Doesn’t want to just stump up there and be the posterboy with no chance of competing and you have to admire him for that. Must have been very tempting even when looking at the numbers not being there in training to just carry on and think, hope things would come good.
It wouldn’t have tarnished a great career, failure at the games, but failure would have been the wrong way to go out of the sport for one of the sport’s greats.