2 Aug 2012

Wiggins continues golden run

6:13 am on 2 August 2012

Britain's Bradley Wiggins won gold in the men's time trial on Wednesday to claim a record seventh Olympic medal for his country.

The 2012 Tour de France winner finished the 44km event in 50min 39.54s, 42 seconds ahead of silver medalist Tony Martin from Germany. Chris Froome from Britain took the bronze.

Wiggins, 32, now has one more Olympic medal than former rower Sir Steve Redgrave. The latest is his fourth gold.

''Now I have to go to Rio and go for five," said Wiggins, who pretended to conduct the national anthem after receiving the medal outside Hampton Court Palace.

Wiggins and Froome gave Britain their seventh and eighth medals of the London Games, lifting them to 10th in the medal table from 21st overnight.

Chris Boardman, who won Olympic cycling gold in Barcelona at the 1992 Olympics, described Wiggins's performance as "untouchable".

"His sporting performances this year have been unprecedented. The greatest British cyclist of all time, I have no qualms about saying that. One of the top British sportsmen, also.''

New Zealand's only representative, Jack Bauer, finished 19th in a time of 54min 54.16s out of a field of 37 starters.

About 15km into his ride he narrowly avoided coming off his bike after taking a sharp turn too fast.