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Last Updated: Friday, 24 March 2006, 05:59 GMT
Killeen targeting golden future
By Matt Majendie
BBC Sport in Melbourne

Liam Killeen
Malvern's Killeen won mountain bike gold in Melbourne
Commonwealth golden boy Liam Killeen believes Britain's mountain bikers can emulate their track counterparts.

The 23-year-old won the mountain biking on the outskirts of Melbourne ahead of England team-mate Oli Beckingsale.

And he told BBC Sport: "A few years ago British track cycling was just about Chris Boardman and later Jason Queally, and now look how it has taken off.

"We've got some great support staff and hopefully Oli and I can inspire kids to do great things in the sport."

British riders won a total of five golds and sealed a medal in every event in Melbourne's velodrome.

Four years ago in Manchester, there were just two golds for Scotland and none for England as Australia dominated the competition.

Killeen, meanwhile, won bronze in 2002 in the mountain biking.

As soon as this race finished Beijing became our goal
Oli Beckingsale

He said: "Like track cycling, we still need more young riders to come through to move things on and it's always difficult to gauge how it's going to go as it's such an individual sport.

"But so is the time trial on the track and look what the likes of Boardman, Queally, Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins have achieved. Maybe we'll have that same effect."

Beckingsale, who overcame mechanical difficulties to win silver on Thursday, said he and Killeen were "now truly world class" and targeted a British one-two for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

"It's a long way away but, as soon as this race finished, Beijing became our goal," he added.

"Hopefully some of the English guys will start pushing through, although hopefully not too much as there's already enough competition."



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