Wiggins goes out with a bang, and a drink

The British track cycling star became his country's most decorated Olympian on a night of high drama in the Olympic Velodrome on Friday, leading the men's team pursuit quartet to a stunning gold medal in world record time.

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Bradley Wiggins celebrates his fifth Olympic gold medal

Bradley Wiggins insisted he will go out with a bang - and a great big party - after securing an eighth Olympic medal in Rio.

The British track cycling star became his country's most decorated Olympian on a night of high drama in the Olympic Velodrome on Friday, leading the men's team pursuit quartet to a stunning gold medal in world record time.

Britain had already smashed the world's best landmark in qualifying for the medal decider by ousting New Zealand, and it was world champion Australia which succumbed in the final as Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Doull clocked three minutes, 50.265 seconds.

Wiggins, one of cycling's biggest names, had already indicated his intention to quit the sport at the end of 2016, although he had also made suggestions that he felt in good enough shape to continue.

But after stepping off the track with his fifth career gold, he confirmed he will go out a champion, and with a drink in his hand. 

"I wanted to go out on top, and it was one of the best finals ever. Hats off to the Australians," he said. "My kids need a proper dad in their lives. My wife needs a proper husband.

"I've been Olympic champion for 12 years, so I'm quite used to it.

"I'm not doing Tokyo [in 2020]. I'm happy and content with everything I've achieved."

And in good taste, he was off to celebrate. 

"It was gold or nothing for this team," he added. "We are going out now. I’ll be hungover tomorrow."

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