Hoy wins world kilo title in DenmarkSubscribe
Lyndell Pond 27 September 2002
BRITAIN’S NEWEST World Champion was crowned last night as Chris Hoy took gold in the One Kilometre Time Trial at the World Track Cycling Championships, currently being held near Copenhagen.
Hoy’s time of 1:01.893 produced a winning margin which was as narrow as they come, finishing just one thousandth of a second (0.001 seconds) ahead of four times champion, Arnaud Tournant of France. Hoy was quick, powerful and focussed, as he needed to be, because the difference between becoming World Champion and runner-up just doesn’t get any narrower.
"It was pretty nerve-wracking stuff. It's unbelievable. This is my seventh world championships and my first individual medal", Hoy admitted.
THE SCOTSMAN had managed to hold his form from the Commonwealth Games, where he clocked a personal best 1.01.726 in taking the Gold medal. He was also using the same bike that he used in Manchester earlier this year, for the first time in major competition. At the time, Hoy described the revolutionary British-built bike as "something special".
The bike’s design and production was jointly supported by the British cycling team’s own Lottery funding and the UK Sports Institute's Technology and Innovation programme.
But a technologically sound bike needs a world-class athlete powering it, as Roger Moreland, the Director of the UK Sports Institute, was eager to point out: "Chris’ victory was quite simply brilliant and a just reward for his physical and mental preparation.
"The work of UK Sports Institute is all about finding every minute performance improvement that can turn Silver or Bronze into Gold. Maybe the bike’s development has helped do that for Chris – and hopefully will do so in turn for other members of the squad, as we continue down the road towards the Athens Olympics."
There was further encouragement to be had in the Kilometre sprint, where in Jason Queally’s absence, Jamie Staff demonstrated Great Britain’s growing strength in depth, by finishing 5th.
Britain’s second medal success of the Championships was delivered by Tony Gibb, who won Silver in the Scratch race, following his Bronze at the Commonwealth Games. Julie Paulding, Commonwealth Games silver medallist, came seventh in the 500-meter time trial.
With the British team’s spirit flying high, there’ll be some confident British riders out on the track as the Championships continue over the weekend.