Chris Hoy to get Scottish velodrome

Glasgow rewards Hoy for Olympic achievement

Chris Hoy, who won his third gold at Beijing on Tuesday to equal a 100-year-old British Olympic record, is to have a new national cycling stadium named after him.

The velodrome, which is being built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, will be named in recognition of his Olympic achievements, a Glasgow City Council official said on Tuesday.

"Chris's performances at the Beijing Olympics were simply outstanding and he deserves every recognition," council leader Steven Purcell said. "I can think of no better way of marking his historic success than by naming Scotland's only world-class track cycling facility after him.

"With luck he will continue his sporting domination before a home crowd in 2014, with his name on the walls of the velodrome," he added.

The Laoshan Velodrome in Beijing

Hoy now has five Olympic medals - four gold, one silver - dating back to the Sydney Games in 2000. The velodrome to be built in the east end of the city will have 4,000 seats during the games, reducing to 2,500 afterwards.

© BikeRadar & AFP 2008 

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