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Six-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy decided to retire from cycling after using "every last ounce of energy and effort" at London 2012. The 37-year-old Scot had been expected to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but felt "to go on for another year would be one too far". Hoy, who won two gold medals in London, also claimed 11 world titles. He said: "I wanted to get a medal for Scotland. I didn't think I could so wanted someone else to take my place."<br />
Speaking at a news conference at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, he added: "It is a hard time - it is one moment at the end of your career when you say 'enough is enough'. File pic: CH2050 is the latest painting by artist Lee Jones, whose striking image of Cheryl Cole as the Angel of the North has recently achieved widespread press coverage and captured the public imagination. CH2050 is part of the Beyond Human series, portraying elite athletes as superhuman beings. This unique painting of Chris Hoy MBE - Olympic gold cycling medallist, World Champion and Commonwealth champion - depicts the Scottish hero with bulging gold biceps and legs, in a reference to his astonishing coup of 3 gold medals in Beijing this year. Hoy is a strong contender for BBC Sports personality of the Year on Sunday .12/12/08. picturesCopyright www.2050Sports.com. www.universalnewsandsport.com.(0ffice) 0844 884 51 22.12/12/08.All pictures must be credited to  www.universalnewsandsport.com.(0ffice) 0844 884 51 22 BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Six-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy decided to retire from cycling after using "every last ounce of energy and effort" at London 2012. The 37-year-old Scot had been expected to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but felt "to go on for another year would be one too far". Hoy, who won two gold medals in London, also claimed 11 world titles. He said: "I wanted to get a medal for Scotland. I didn't think I could so wanted someone else to take my...
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