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Sarah Shaffi, Olympics editor (news)
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Sir Chris Hoy became the most successful British Olympian on day 11 of the Games, winning his sixth gold medal.
The cyclist took gold in the men’s keirin, his second gold medal of these Games.
The win means he surpasses Sir Steve Redgrave, who has five gold medals and watched Sir Chris triumph in the Velodrome yesterday, as the greatest British Olympian.
There was more success for Team GB in the Velodrome on day 11, with Laura Trott taking gold in the women’s omnium.
Victoria Pendleton suffered disappointment, after winning silver in the women’s individual sprint.
There was gold medal success outside of the Velodrome as well. The dressage team of Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin won their event, making it Britain’s first ever dressage medal.
And Alistair Brownlee won gold in the men’s triathlon, with brother Jonathan taking bronze in the same event.
Nick Dempsey took silver in the men’s windsurfing in Weymouth.
High jumper Robbie Grabantz won bronze in his event in the Olympic Stadium, but there was disappointment for a number of Team GB’s athletes competing in the venue.
Phillips Idowu failed to qualify for the final of the triple jump, while Lawrence Okoye finished the discus competition in 12th place, and Goldie Sayers was unable to make her throws in the javelin.
Tiffany Porter, who has been struggling with a back injury, missed out on the final of the 100m hurdles, and
Margaret Adeoye and Abi Oyepitan failed to progress from the 200m semi-finals.
But there was better news for Andrew Osagie, who qualified for the 800m final in second place behind world record holder David Rudisha of Kenya.
Shara Proctor qualified for the final of the long jump.
Team GB’s medal total on day 11 was 22 gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze - making it the most successful Games in terms of gold medals since the London Olympics of 1908 and equalling the total number of medals won in Beijing.