Sir Chris Hoy: "It was the most incredible feeling"

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Team GB's Sir Chris Hoy describes his feelings when he crossed the line in tonight's men's keirin to become the most successful British Olympian of all time.

Team GB cyclist Sir Chris Hoy has described the moment he crossed the line to win his record sixth gold medal as the "most incredible feeling" he has ever felt.

Hoy's men's keirin success confirmed him as Britain's most successful ever Olympian, overtaking Sir Steve Redgrave's five golds and equalling Bradley Wiggins's tally of seven medals.

The 36-year-old believes that this most recent success may even outdo last week's team sprint gold, which he previously regarded as his greatest.

"It's the most incredible feeling when you finally cross the line and you realise you've won. I didn't think anything could top [the team sprint], but because it's the end, it's the last Olympics I'm doing, it's the last Olympic medal I could, it's my sixth gold medal," said Hoy.

"The nature of the whole event, the fact it's an unpredictable event - anybody of the last six could've won that race - it's just that relief, delight, so many emotions go through your mind.

"I shut my eyes when I lunged. I didn't want to look. I didn't want to check because for all I knew there could've been somebody coming fast around the outside. I drove all the way to the line, threw the bike and I heard this massive roar and realised it was for me."

Hoy revealed after the final that he was "99.9% certain" that he wouldn't be at the next Olympics in Rio.

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