Great Britain’s Sir Chris Hoy equalled compatriot Sir Steve Redgrave’s record of five Olympic gold medals by winning gold in the men’s team track-cycling sprint event on Thursday.

Hoy and teammates Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes defeated France in the final at the Velodrome in a new world record time of 42.600 seconds, having already set a world-best mark in the heats.

“It’s quite overwhelming,” said an emotional Hoy after the win before a delighted crowd, including Prince William and wife Kate.

“We knew it was possible, we knew if we put together the best possible race it could be done. We timed it perfectly and we nailed it. I dug deeper than I have ever before, I didn’t want to let the guys down.

“There’s immense pride to do it here in the U.K. in front of a home crowd. It’s phenomenal. Bradley (Wiggins) said to me after winning yesterday it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, just enjoy it and go for it and I did.”

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