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Hoy storms into keirin final
5:04pm Tuesday 7th August 2012 in London Olympics 2012 - Latest News
Sir Chris Hoy remained on course for a British record sixth Olympic gold after advancing to the keirin final on a climactic final day of competition at the London 2012 velodrome.
Hoy took his Olympic gold medal-winning tally to five - level with Sir Steve Redgrave - on Thursday with victory in the team sprint and had to wait until today's final day of action on the Siberian pine for a further opportunity.
After watching team-mate Jason Kenny win the sprint title Hoy won in Beijing, the Scot took part in the keirin, which begins behind a motorised Derny bike.
After making serene progress through his first round heat, Hoy had to wait in the second, when Spain's Juan Peralta Gascon crashed due to a mechanical problem and a restart was required.
Hoy led with two laps to go and in trademark style powered to victory.
Malaysia's Awang Azizulhasni and Teun Mulder of Holland followed the Briton into the final, which was likely to be Hoy's final appearance on the Olympic stage.
Victoria Pendleton advanced to a final showdown with perennial rival Anna Meares of Australia in the women's sprint.
The 31-year-old was aiming to finish her career on a high with a third Olympic gold - a record for a British female - and was set to meet Meares, the rider she beat to gold in Beijing four years' ago.
The duo have had an enduring rivalry and the best-of-three final match-up was a fitting conclusion to Pendleton's success-laden career.
Kristina Vogel of Germany and Guo Shuang of China were set to meet for bronze.