Sir Chris Hoy has spoken of his desire to earn the places to defend all three of his Olympic titles in London this summer after a mixed evening at Revolution 36.
The Scotsman claimed victory in the keirin event but despite clocking 10.099 in the 200m sprint qualifiers, was ousted in the semi-final by Beijing sprint silver medallist Jason Kenny, before finishing the evening with victory in the team sprint alongside Kenny and Matt Crampton. With one place available for Great Britain in each of the match sprint and kierin events at the Olympics, the 35 year-old admitted defending all three titles would be a difficult challenge but vowed to do everything in his power to earn selection for the trio of events.
Hoy said: “[I’ll aim to do all three] at the world championships. It’s not about choosing if you want to do all three it’s about earning your spot. I’ll race the best I can at the world championships and if I earn the spots then I will be delighted and I’ll race in the Olympics, but there’s no sure thing so I’ll be doing the best I can to defend all three titles.
Audio – Sir Chris Hoy on Revolution, world championships and Olympic aims
“I was disappointed with my sprint [against Jason Kenny] - that was another error. It's an area I’m trying to make less and less errors in but I’m very pleased with my time trial - to go 10.0 this morning when [the track] wasn’t that fast with higher pressure and cold temperatures. It was a good day and it’s a stepping stone towards the World Cup in London.”
Hoy, who was making his first competitive appearance of the year since an intensive block of training in Australia, added that whilst April’s world championships in Melbourne would be ‘very important’ there was still time for adjustments before the Games.
“It’s your last big race and it’s your chance to get a marker of where you are but you think about how much can change. You look back to previous world championships and it’s not necessarily a blueprint for the results in the Olympics - but obviously you want to win, you want to get the confidence boost, it’s great to do it and it would be great to do it in Australia," Hoy commented.
“It will be important but as I’ve said a hundred times before I would sacrifice every medal I’ve won since Beijing for a gold or two or three in London, the worlds will be important but not the be all and end all.”