Hoy makes it a hat-trick at nationals

SIR Chris Hoy clinched a third title at the National Track Championships in Manchester yesterday and then targeted an improved performance at this month’s European Championships in Holland.

The 41-year-old, who won golds in the sprint and keirin this week, is hitting good form ahead of next year’s Olympic Games in London.

Hoy, together with Jason Kenny and 41-year-old Jason Queally, saw off a challenge from Ross Edgar, Pete Mitchell and Dave Daniell in the final.

“My performances have been better than I expected bearing in mind that none of us are really fresh,” he said.

“We have a couple of weeks to the Europeans where we will be looking to progress and again you would expect the performances to improve so it’s a really good starting point.

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“In terms of the overall plan this is right up there with as good as I could have expected.”

Queally, who won a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics 10 years ago, is pushing for a place in the British team for 2012 having failed to qualify for Beijing three years ago.

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