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New cycling record as Hoy takes gold

28 July 2002

Scotland’s Chris Hoy set a new Games record in the men’s cycling track 1km time trial with a time of 1:01.726.

Chris Hoy

Games record holder Chris Hoy

In the fastest Commonwealth Games time trial ever the three Great Britain team mates, Hoy, Jason Queally and Jaime Staff all beat Shane Kelly's 1998 Games record of 1:04.018 to clear up the medals.

An ecstatic Hoy who is Scotland's first ever Commonwealth Games gold medallist in cycling said: “It hasn’t sunk in yet. I’ve been so focused over the last few days and I was really nervous. Everything went according to plan.”

“To win it for Scotland is really unbelievable and if I can inspire any other athletes then I’ll be really happy.”

The crowd roared on the home favourite, Olympic gold medallist Jason Queally(ENG)who took the silver with a time of 1:01.947. He gave his all saying: “I did everything to go quickly, everything. I shaved my chest, my legs, you name it I shaved it.”

Expecting Hoy to do well, Queally said: “I saw Chris do what he did and I expected him to go that well. We’re training partners and he’s been going better than me in training. I expected him to get one heck of a time."

Queally puts the fast times down to the bikes. “We were very fortunate that UK Sport (National Lottery) have invested a lot of money in developing new bikes. At first I was reluctant to think that they could produce a better bike than I rode in the Olympics, but they are fantastic. We have got the best bikes in the world. "

Jaime Staff, the first of the three to break the Games record with a time of 1:02.456, took the bronze.

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