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Hoy eyes Commonwealth Games swansong

ESPN staff
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Sir Chris Hoy wept on the podium afte claiming gold © PA Photos
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Sir Chris Hoy is hoping for a "dream end" to his career at the Commonweath Games in Glasgow in 2014 after becoming Britain's most successful Olympian on Tuesday evening.

Hoy claimed his sixth Olympic Games gold medal with victory in the keirin, surpassing the mark set by Sir Steve Redgrave. Immediately following his narrow win over Germany's Maximilian Levy in the keirin final, Hoy said he was "99.9% sure" it would be his last Olympic campaign.

But the Edinburgh-born Hoy revealed he is tempted to remain in the sport until the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Asked if he would hold off retirement until after 2014, Hoy said: "I hope so. That is the dream. The dream end is to finish in Glasgow.

"But I am taking nothing for granted. Cycling for two more years is easily said but you then realise you have to do 35 hours a week of training, and there are sacrifices you have to put in.

"We will wait and see. I am going to have a holiday, a decent couple of months off, reassess things and see where we are. It is a big ask."

The man whose record he eclipsed, though, believes Hoy may find the desire to ride on after the Games have concluded. Drawing from his own experience, Redgrave says there is no reason Hoy cannot continue until the next Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

"[He] really wanted that gold," Redgrave told BBC Radio 5 live. "We've all said things about retirement in the heat of the moment - I carried on for the next four years after saying that.

"Chris has the capability, he's still a young man in my eyes. He's on the top of the world at the moment and he can carry on for the next four years if he wanted to."

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