Commonwealth Games: Joy for Hoy as Scots sprint to glory

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Chris Hoy got to hear Scotland the Brave after all yesterday following his earlier failure in the 1km time trial event where he is world and Olympic champion.

Normal service was resumed for Hoy after he had only taken bronze in the kilo on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games as he secured gold in the team sprint along with his colleagues Craig MacLean and Ross Edgar.

The Scots held off a strong challenge from the England team of Jason Queally, Jamie Staff and Matthew Crampton.

There will be no medal for guessing who will be the Isle of Man's 2006 Sportsman of the Year, after Mark Cavendish won the Scratch Race to earn his nation of 75,000 its first Commonwealth gold since 1986 - when it had a winner in the skeet shooting - and only its third ever.

As the 20-year-old Cavendish stood on the podium, there was speculation over what his national anthem would be. The suggestion that it might be Rolf Harris's Jake the Peg was swiftly dispelled.