Hoy eases through

Sir Chris Hoy has reached the second round in the keirin

Sir Chris Hoy has reached the second round in the keirin

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Sir Chris Hoy began his bid for a British record sixth Olympic gold with a straightforward first-round victory in the keirin at the London 2012 velodrome.

The Team GB cyclist 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 Tuesday'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, Hoy rode in the first of three keirin heats and had to finish in the top two to advance at the first time of asking.

Following four days without racing, the world keirin champion clearly did not wish to hang around and followed Njisane Nicholas Phillip's early move before powering to the front with one and a half laps to go.

Hoy eased over the line, with Simon van Velthooven the only rider who could go with him as the New Zealander also advanced at the first time of asking.

The 36-year-old Scot was next set to be in action in Tuesday afternoon's second round, effectively a semi-final, of the event which begins behind a motorised Derny bike.

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