By Staff Reporter, EnStarz | Aug 01, 2012 11:45 AM EDT
Bradley Wiggins has won gold in the London Olympics 2012 men's time trial event on Wednesday. The recently crowned Tour de France winner has sensationally won the gold to claim a British record seventh Olympic medal.
Wiggins, hot favorite coming into the contest, destroyed all competition and there was only ever going to be one winner in the event. He stormed to the gold in 50 minutes 39 seconds for the 49km course.
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He was an amazing 42 seconds quicker than second placed German world champion Tony Martin, and 1 minute 8 seconds faster than Britain's bronze medalist Chris Froome.
The gold and bronze combination delighted home fans in Britain and was fitting given the influence Froome had in helped Wiggins become Britain's first Tour de France winner just weeks ago.
For Wiggins the gold marked his seventh Olympic medal; he now has four golds, a silver as well as a two bronze medals. He surpasses legendary British rower Sir Steve Redgrave who had six medals including famously winning five golds across five separate Olympic Games.
The victory immediately sparked rumors that he would be sure to be in line for a knighthood from the Queen in the near future. The 32 year old followed up his Tour de France win with a maiden Olympic time trial gold.
The result also gave Britain their seventh and eighth medals of the London 2012 Games so far. They have suffered disappointment in the early days of the Games but Wednesday has seen a flurry of medals for Team GB, with British rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning winning gold in the Women's pairs earlier in the day.
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