02/05/2012 09:35 | By Lee Harvey, contributor, MSN Sport

Sir Chris Hoy: You can’t predict medals, only performances



Sir Chris Hoy admits the British track cycling team is gripped by excitement over the London 2012 Games but insists it is impossible to predict how great Team GB's medal haul will be.

Sir Chris Hoy in action for Team GB (© David Davies-PA Wire)

Speaking exclusively to MSN, Hoy explained the fine margins that mark the difference between gold medal-winning performances and second place on the rostrum: "We could have an amazing Games and yet under perform in comparison to Beijing. Or we could not quite be at the same standard at Beijing but win more medals.

"If you look at statistics from 2004, six-tenths of a second I think was all that separated four or five gold medals from four or five silver medals for Britain", said Sir Chris. "If we'd been half a second slower, we'd have had five silvers instead of gold. All you can predict are the performances, you can't predict what your rivals are going to do."

One key element of earning success on the London 2012 track is pre-Games preparation. Hoy revealed the British riders are leaving nothing to chance. "We've been focusing really hard on every possible area we can maximize and improve", says the Scot. "You can see the light at the end of the tunnel. There's no difficulty with motivation, or getting the best out of yourself with the Olympics being so close. Everyone is really excited and looking forward to it."

Hoy has already tasted victory in 2012, winning the Keirin event at the World Track Championships in Melbourne thanks to an audacious overtaking move on the last bend of the race.

Hoy celebrates victory in the Keirin at the 2012 World Track Championships (© AP Photo-Rick Rycroft)

The Scot admits he surprised himself with the race-winning manoeuvre and revealed it certainly wasn't planned: "You can't really practise [a move like] that, it's just racing. It's not a technique or a move I'd readily employ. It was a last gasp/plan C kind of move. Normally I'd go round the side or lead from the front, but instinct said a gap would be opening so I went for it, and I was delighted it worked and snuck through."

Sir Chris will be hoping his speed, preparation and racing instincts allow him to strike Olympic gold at London 2012.

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