Hoy Leaves the Rest Trailing as He Makes His Bid for Games History

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Byline: Peter Dominiczak and Shekhar Bhatia

CYCLIST Sir Chris Hoy got off to a storming start today in his bid to lead Team GB to its best medal haul in modern British Olympic history.

Britain needed just two gold medals to beat the haul of 19 won in Beijing four years ago and make London 2012 the most successful Games in 104 years.

Flying Scotsman Hoy was hoping to take gold in the keirin this afternoon to become Britain's most decorated Olympian, eclipsing rowing hero Sir Steve Redgrave and his five golds.

In his heat this morning Sir Chris absolutely destroyed his rivals, leaving all but one member of the field trailing in his wake. New Zealander Simon van Velthooven managed to hang on to Hoy's coat-tails but had to settle for second place behind the flying Scot.

Victoria Pendleton could become the country's greatest-ever female Olympian today if she defends her Olympic title in the individual sprint against her Australian rival Anna Meares.

And there could be even more to come in the velodrome with Laura Trott currently leading the omnium competition.

Hoy emerged on to the track to rapturous applause from the crowd, which included his parents David and Carol. When Hoy was announced to the crowd his mother leapt up from her seat and waved a Union Jack around.

After the first race Mr Hoy said: "He rode very cleverly and did very well. I am pleased for him."

Reminded that his son stood on the verge of making Olympic history, he smiled and said: "Hopefully ... but we'll see, we'll see."

As he changed in front of spectators in the velodrome, Hoy showed he has had the five Olympic rings tattooed on his right arm. …