Britain's Olympic great Chris Hoy announces retirement

Hoy overtook rower Steve Redgrave as Britain's most successful Olympian at last year's Games in London, when he claimed gold medals in the team sprint and the keirin.

updated: April 18, 2013 17:53 IST
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Edinburgh: Britain's most successful Olympian, Chris Hoy, on Thursday announced his retirement from cycling with immediate effect, prompting glowing tributes from leading figures in the sport.

British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford, who oversaw the 37-year-old Scot's transformation from BMX rider to a ruthless track sprinter who won six Olympic golds, as an icon.

"I can't speak highly enough of Chris and his career," said Brailsford, who, like Hoy, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II following the British team's exploits in London.

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