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Hoy: UCI tried to 'manipulate' Olympic medal table

ESPN staff
August 9, 2012

Sir Chris Hoy has accused cycling's world governing body of an anti-British agenda after he was denied the chance to compete for three gold medals at London 2012.

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Hoy, who claimed a record sixth Olympic gold medal with victory in the keirin on Tuesday, capped a hugely successful Games for Team GB, which saw them win seven of the 10 events in the velodrome.

Jason Kenny succeeded Hoy as the Olympic sprint champion, but Hoy has admitted his frustration at the International Cycling Union (UCI) who made the decision to restrict each nation to one rider in the sprint race - which Hoy won in Beijing, with Kenny second.

"We knew there was only one rider per nation. It was disappointing not just for us but also for the other nations and for the fans," Hoy said. "I think they missed out on a number of top-class competitors in a number of the events.

"Can you imagine a 100m final with only one Jamaican or American runner? Anyway, it happened and we dealt with it and I think we dealt with it well.

"It didn't really work out for the UCI in their attempt to manipulate the medal table. To have the seven gold medals on the track and Bradley [Wiggins'] and the potentially more success with the BMXers and mountain bikers, it has been fantastic.

"I don't think any of us really believed that we were going to emulate Beijing. We've been blown away by it."

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