Chris Hoy wins fifth gold medal but now dragged into controversy

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The Scottish Olympian is Britain's greatest after winning his fifth gold medal

Scottish newsChris Hoy wins fifth gold medal but dragged into controversy

by Aya Kawanishi

Scotsman Sir Chris Hoy who has become the most successful British Olympian after winning his fifth gold medal in the track cycling team sprint title found himself in a controversy after his team-mate Philip Hindes admitted to crashing deliberately in a heat following a poor start.

Hindes, a German-born rider with British father, wobbled out of the start gate and lost control of his bike before tumbling to the track at the beginning of the first bend as his team-mates rolled past him and officials restarted the heat.

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The Great Britain team won the three-man, three-lap team sprint in a world record of 42.600 seconds, overtaking France again after the Beijing Olympics 2008.

However, Hindes, who joined British Cycling's academy in October 2010, cast doubts over their victory when he reportedly claimed that the crash was made “on purpose” in order to give the team a restart.

"We were saying if we have a bad start we need to crash to get a restart. I just crashed. I did it on purpose to get a restart, just to have the fastest ride,” Hindes apparently said.

British Cycling said that Hindes' comments were "lost in translation" from the sportsman who began learning English only after moving to Manchester to train at the Velodrome in late 2010.

The International Cycling Union confirmed the result was not in question, with Britain taking gold ahead of France followed by Germany.

Hindes denied his earlier comments in the press conference saying "No. I just went out the gate and just lost control, just fell down.

"My back wheel slipped and totally lost control and then I couldn't handle the bike any more and just crashed", he added.

This is the fifth gold medal for Hoy who won three gold medals in Beijing and his first eight years ago in Athens.

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published this page in News 2012-08-04 10:40:40 +0100