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Friday, Aug. 3, 2012

Wiggins claims British medal record


HAMPTON COURT, England — Bradley Wiggins sealed his place in British Olympic history on Wednesday when he won the gold medal in the men's time trial at the London Games.

The 32-year-old Londoner powered his way to victory on the 44-km course south of London to win his seventh Olympic medal, taking over the British record he shared with former rowing great Steve Redgrave.

Wiggins, who became the first British rider to win the Tour de France last month, won his fourth Olympic gold medal after winning three titles in Athens and Beijing — in individual and team pursuit.

Wiggins covered the course in 50 minutes, 39.54 seconds, beating silver medalist Tony Martin of Germany by 42 seconds. Tour runnerup Christopher Froome of Britain claimed the bronze, capping off a phenomenal summer for British road cycling.

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