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British cycling sensation Bradley Wiggins has become Great Britain’s most prolific Olympic competitor, after winning a gold medal on yesterday’s time trial.
The 32-year-old now has seven individual medals to his name, which span back as far as the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Since winning bronze 12 years ago when he was 20-year-old, he added another in 2004, to go along with a silver and a gold. The 2008 Beijing games then saw him take home two gold medals (one for the 4km individual pursuit and one for the team pursuit) and he now has another to add to the collection. His tally now edged him ahead of Sir Steve Redgrave, so has begged questions as to whether a knighthood is imminent.
“To be mentioned in the same breath as Sir Steve Redgrave or Sir Chris Hoy is an honour as it is,” Wiggins said. “It’s all about the gold medals. There’s only one colour really. It’s No4 for me, not No7. So I have got to carry on to Rio now and make it five,” he said as he looked towards his Olympic future.
Known as Wiggo to his supporters, the cycling champion has lifted the spirits of the British public, who are eagerly anticipating great things for our athletes at the London 2012 games. Currently the UK stands in 11th position in the medal count, with two golds, three silvers and four bronze medals.
Wiggins even took the time to acknowledge the fact that, unlike other sports at the Olympics, it’s far easier for viewers to enjoy the action first-hand with his sport. He said: “The great thing about cycling is its accessibility, we all know about Olympic ticketing. All the real fans are out there, in here it’s a bit of a prawn sandwich fest.” And it may just have spurred him on, with such great home support, to win the Gold.
Not to hog all the limelight for himself, Wiggins was quick to remind everyone of his fellow Brit’s success in the event too. Chris Froome secured the bronze medal in the time trial and followed his runners-up achievement at this year’s Tour de France.