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Wiggins wins men's Olympic TT; Froome gets bronze

London, England (Sports Network) - First Bradley Wiggins wore yellow. Now he's got gold.

The British cyclist continued his dream season Wednesday, when he used a dominant performance to win the men's time trial at the London Olympics and set a record for Great Britain.

"I cannot put it into words. I wouldn't do it justice," Wiggins said. "It was really incredible. To win an Olympic gold in your home city."

Wiggins also became the first British athlete to win seven Olympic medals, surpassing the total achieved by Sir Steve Redgrave.

After winning the Tour de France less than two weeks ago and wearing a yellow jersey when he rang the bell at the opening ceremony, Wiggins was essentially unbeatable as the time trial wore on.

He finished the 44-kilometer race in 50 minutes, 39.54 seconds. That was 42 seconds ahead of silver medalist Tony Martin, of Germany.

Great Britain also got a bronze medal from Chris Froome, who was runner-up to his teammate Wiggins in Paris.

Wiggins' gold medal was a kind of redemption for the British cycling program, which failed to win or medal in the men's road race on Saturday despite lofty expectations.

Elizabeth Armitstead delivered a silver in the women's road race the next day, recording the host country's first medal of these games. But the British were still without a gold.

Earlier Wednesday, the rowing tandem of Helen Grover and Heather Stanning got Great Britain's first gold medal with a victory in the women's pair final. It wasn't so long before the second came.

Martin has been struggling with injury, but got off to a great start. The reigning world time trial champion was quickest at the first time check by five seconds over Wiggins.

But Wiggins began to take back time. At the second time check, which came at the 18.4-km mark, he was more than 11 seconds faster than Martin. His effective lead grew even more at the third, and the gold medal seemed imminent.

Froome was well up the road in front of Wiggins, having started five riders before. He temporarily claimed the lead when he crossed the finish line in 51:47.87.

Martin slotted in ahead of Froome when he finished the race, but Wiggins was still riding. He finished strong to secure his fourth gold and first medal on the road. His first six came in track cycling events.

"When you win in the velodrome, there are three or four thousand people cheering," said Wiggins. "Here, around the streets of London, the noise is just amazing. I don't think anything will top that."

American Taylor Phinney again came agonizingly close to a medal. After a fourth-place finish in the men's road race, he was also just off the podium in Wednesday's event. His time of 52:38.07 was a little more than 50 seconds slower than Froome's, but the two performances by the 22-year-old Phinney hint at the potential of future Olympic medals.

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara, the defending gold medalist, was the final rider to roll down the start ramp but finished a disappointing seventh. He crashed during the road race and suffered an apparent shoulder or arm injury that seemed to hamper him Wednesday. Following the race, he could be seen sitting on the ground in pain.

08/01 12:39:41 ET


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