Simon van Velthooven claims bronze in London 2012

Manawatu cyclist Simon van Velthooven won a cycling bronze medal in the most thrilling manner. Riding in the keirin, van Velthooven found himself in exalted company, his opposition including British cycling legend and eventual gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy. For van Velthooven it was impossible to separate van Velthooven and Teun Mulder of The Netherlands for third.

Initially it seemed the New Zealander had been given the nod, but after a five-minute wait while the photo finish was analysed, it was announced that the riders had the same time down to the thousandth of a second and that two bronze medals would be awarded.

Van Velthooven said afterwards that in his peripheral vision he thought he might have just shaded it, but he was far from sure and as he said: “I’m glad they awarded two medals. I’d hate to have been given fourth.”

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