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Sir Chris Hoy received congratulations from Sir Steve Redgrave after winning a British record sixth Olympic gold with victory in the keirin.
Hoy and Laura Trott won their second gold medals on a sensational final evening of action at the London 2012 velodrome as Britain equalled their Beijing track bounty of seven wins from 10 events - but there was no golden goodbye for Victoria Pendleton.
Hoy won the final event of the London track programme with a stunning triumph in the men's keirin to surpass Redgrave's record haul of gold medals, with the rower giving the 36-year-old a warm embrace in recognition of the achievement.
It was Hoy's seventh Olympic medal in all - drawing level with Bradley Wiggins' British record - and the 36-year-old was in tears as he received his medal and stepped on to the podium before a partisan capacity crowd.
The Scot does not expect to go in search of more in Rio de Janeiro in four years' time, but admits the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in 2014 would be a "dream ending".
He told BBC1: "I'm 99.9% sure I won't be competing there in Rio.
"How can you top this? This is phenomenal.
"Glasgow? That's another question.
"If I can keep going to Glasgow that would be a dream ending for me but when you get to my age you can't look too far ahead, you have to focus on the here and now."
On his keirin victory, he said: "I'm in shock. You try to compose yourself and try to be able to take it all in but this is surreal.
"This is what I always wanted. I wanted to win gold in front of my home crowd.
"I've done the team sprint, I saw Jason (Kenny), the team pursuit girls, the team pursuit boys, everyone stepping up to the plate, Laura (Trott) today, and I just wanted to do my bit for the team as well.
"Thankfully it worked out."