London Erupts In Celebration As British Cyclist Bradley Wiggins Wins Gold

Great Britain has its first individual gold medal of the 2012 Olympics, as British cycling superstar Bradley Wiggins has taken home the gold in the men’s time trial race.

Wiggins dominated the field, finishing in a time of 50:39.54. The silver medalist, Germany’s Tony Martin, finished a stunning 42 seconds behind Wiggins. The bronze medal went to another Brit, Christopher Froome.

Wiggins’ gold medal is Great Britain’s of the games, and also of the day (the British women’s rowing team took home gold earlier).

The image of Wiggins sitting on a gold throne after the race, with King Henry VIII’s castle in the background, may emerge as the defining image of these games for Brits–much the way Canadian ice hockey star Sidney Crosby scoring the winning goal in the gold medal game at the Vancouver 2012 Winter Olympics still resonates in Canada.

With this win, Wiggins becomes the first cyclist ever to win both the Tour de France and Olympic gold in the same summer. Wiggins also becomes the most decorated British Olympian ever, surpassing the great Sir Steve Redgrave. Wiggins now has seven Olympic medals, four of which are gold.

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