GB seek more gold

Hoy and Pendleton take centre stage in Velodrome

Last Updated: 02/08/12 6:49am

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Team GB will aim to continue their gold medal-winning performances on Thursday as Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton take centre stage.

Four-time Olympic champion Sir Chris begins his London 2012 campaign as the action gets under way in the Velodrome, aiming to follow Team Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins to glory.

Hoy and Jason Kenny won team sprint gold in Beijing and are bidding to defend their title alongside newcomer Philip Hindes on Thursday.

Pendleton, who is set to retire after the Games, will compete alongside Jess Varnish in the corresponding women's event.

Britain will also chase more glory on the rowing lake at Eton Dorney after the women's pair of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning delivered the first home gold medal of the Games yesterday.

Richard and Peter Chambers, Rob Williams and Chris Bartley in the lightweight men's four are strong contenders to finish on top of the podium.

Wiggins secured his position as an all-time British sporting great when he claimed a seventh Olympic medal, and revealed he was going to celebrate with a heavy drinking session.

He later posted photos of himself enjoying celebratory drinks near St Paul's Cathedral on Twitter, saying: "Well what a day, blind drunk at the minute and overwhelmed with all the messages. Thank you everyone it's been emotional X."

The 32-year-old clinched gold just 10 days after his historic Tour de France victory.

After winning gold an overzealous fan stole his cycling shorts while he showered.

Wiggins said: "It's only a bit of cycling kit. But you don't expect pilferers to do that in a five-star spa. Sweaty cycling kit is probably on eBay tonight."

His seventh medal takes him one clear of rower Sir Steve Redgrave, who has six, making him the most decorated British Olympian of all-time.

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