Another golden milestone for Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins, or King Wiggo? Whatever you want to call him, there is one title that is now collective: four-time Olympic gold medalist.
Bradley Wiggins topped off a surreal fortnight by winning gold for Team GB on a successful day in the men’s 44km time-trial in a time of 50:39.54 at Hampton Court.
It was Wiggins’ 4th Olympic gold medal, adding to his silver and two bronzes to become Britain’s most prolific medal winner.
This opens the debate: who is Britain’s greatest Olympian? Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Chris Hoy all have valid with their tally of medals.
The 32-year-old Wiggins understood the magnitude of the occasion, saying: “I don’t think in my sporting life I could ever top this.”
Remember, it was only nine days ago that he cruised down the Champs-Elysees wearing the yellow jersey to become the Tour De France winner.
This along with the fact that he competed in the men’s road race on the opening day of the Olympics makes yesterday’s mammoth 42-second win over German World Champion Tony Martin even more unbelievable.
The raucous London crowds estimated at around 300,000 were in full force yesterday as spectators scampered to any visible gap.
Both rooftops and balconies were occupied just to get a glimpse at their newest sporting hero.
“The noise coming from a roundabout in Kingston is something I will never forget”, Wiggins said.
After winning the gold, Wiggins cruised up and down Hampton Court looking for his wife Cath, before embracing for yet another great family moment.
The quiet achiever over the past six weeks is fellow GB rider Chris Froome.
This was the second time he had stood on the podium behind Wiggins in as many weeks.
If it were any other time in history, Froome would be gracing the front pages as the king of British cycling.
A second place in the Tour De France followed by a bronze medal yesterday is a testament to the strength of British cycling.
The people’s champion later tweeted that he was “blind drunk at the minute and overwhelmed”. I for one think he deserves to celebrate.
Oliver Neave, Olympics correspondent