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Sunday, 28 July, 2002, 19:16 GMT 20:16 UK

Hoy clinches cycling title

By John Haughey
BBC Sport Online in Manchester

Scotland's Chris Hoy shattered the Games record with a sensational performance to win the men's 1000 metres time trial at the National Cycling Centre.

England's Jason Queally won the silver, with team-mate Jamie Staff third to complete a British 1-2-3.

Riding second last in the 15-man field, Hoy clocked a personal best of one minute 01.726 which put him ahead of Jamie Staff who had earlier achieved a mark of 1:02.456.

It was then up to Olympic gold medallist Jason Queally to see whether he could better the Scot's mark.

However, Queally gave himself too much to do after being over half-a-second slower than Hoy on the opening lap and had to settle for silver (1:01.947) with Staff taking bronze.

Champion Hoy paid tribute to Queally after he had mastered his mentor to claim the gold medal.

"To win it for Scotland is really unbelievable"
Chris Hoy

"I feel really sorry for Jason as he has been coaching me all year.

"Just to stand on the podium and hear them playing Scotland the Brave is a lifetime's achievement for me.

"To win it for Scotland is really unbelievable and if I can inspire any other athletes, then I'll be really happy," added Hoy.

Queally said he had tried "everything" to go go quicker.

"I shaved my chest, my legs, you name it, I shaved it," he added.

"I tried my best but it wasn't quite good enough"
Jason Queally

"I saw Chris do what he did and I expected him to go that well.

"We're training partners and he's been going better than me in training.

"I tried my best but it wasn't quite good enough".

In a tremendous event watched by a capacity crowd, the top four all bettered Shane Kelly's Games record set in Kuala Lumpur (1:04.018).

BMX rider Staff put down a serious challenger to his fellow Britons with his superb ride.

Kersten fades

Staff, who competed for the first time in the 1000 metres event in April, clocked a time of 1:02.456 seconds and became the first man to better the Commonewealth Games record.

Staff's time was immediately threatened by Australia's three-times world junior champion Benny Kersten.

However after nudging ahead of Staff on third lap times, Kersten faded slightly over the closing circuit to move into second place (1:02.736).

But as expected, Hoy and Queally were the men who were to fight out the gold medal.


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