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Wiggins targets Redgrave record

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins
Wiggins was born in Belgium but raised in London

Great Britain cyclist Bradley Wiggins is aiming to break Steve Redgrave's record six-medal haul after confirming he will compete in London 2012.

He won two golds in Beijing, bringing his overall Olympic medal haul to six.

The 28-year-old told BBC London 94.9: "It would be a nice way to end, but just to be mentioned in the same sentence [as Redgrave] is fantastic.

"I never imagined that 10 years ago when I started out this thing, that it would be quite as successful as that."

The London-raised cyclist added: "It would be nice to come to London and better that record and retire a happy man."

It all got a bit too much really, the lack of sleep and being thrust into the media circus out there, the lengthy dope controls and things like that

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins

Despite winning the individual and team pursuit, the Beijing Games ended in disappointment for Wiggins.

He failed to become the first British athlete since 1928 to win a hat-trick of gold medals, although team-mate Chris Hoy achieved the feat.

Wiggins and team-mate Mark Cavendish came ninth in the madison event, and Chorley-based Wiggins admits it was a race too far.

"The programme is quite difficult really with one race after the other. Normally in the World Championship format we have a day off in between the team pursuit and the madison.

"It all got a bit too much really, the lack of sleep and being thrust into the media circus out there, the lengthy dope controls and things like that. It wasn't to be, but still when I reflect though to come away with two golds I would have been happy to come back with that at the start of the Games."

Wiggins won bronze in the team pursuit in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, before taking gold in the 4km individual pursuit, silver in the team pursuit and bronze in the madison in Athens 2004.

He took his Olympic medal tally to six at Beijing with gold in the 4km individual pursuit and team pursuit.

Redgrave won golds at successive Games from 1984 to 2000, plus bronze in the coxed pairs in 1988.




see also
GB storm to gold in team pursuit
18 Aug 08 |  Cycling
Hoy clinches historic third gold
19 Aug 08 |  Cycling


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