Manchester velodrome would be fifth on medal table

If it were a country, which it isn't. Shame.

by Sarah Barth   August 7, 2012  

Lord Coe visits Manchester Velodrome (picture credit British Cycling).jpg

If the Manchester velodrome were a country, it would be just below South Korea on the medal table for this year's Olympics.

As of this evening, with NINE gold medals, it would be in fifth place on the league tables, only two below Great Britain.

It was the first indoor Olympic-standard track to be built in Britain in 1994, as part of the bid for the 2000 Olympic Games, which eventually went to Sydney.

But thanks to National Lottery funding and the input of British Cycling, it's been the catalyst for one of the most important sports successes in Britain today.

As British Cycling HQ, all the trackies train there, and it's success is plain to see: medals have been snapped up by Pendleton, Hoy, Kenny, Trott, Rowsell, Clancy, Hindes, Burke, Kennaugh and King.

Anyone can use the Manchester velodrome, or National Cycling Centre as it's also known, and it's set to become increasingly popular in the wake of the London Games.

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How do you figure this, guys? GB has 7, are you counting team medals multiple times?

Stewie

posted by stewieatb [298 posts]
7th August 2012 - 23:10

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Confusing article this be an.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
7th August 2012 - 23:17

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If my aunt had a penis she would be my uncle.... Rolling Eyes

posted by cornelim [33 posts]
8th August 2012 - 8:09

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As of last night Team GB had 9 medals, 7 of them gold, so on the medal table it would have come below South Korea.
Of course, the Russians sneaked a few golds last night and messed up all my calculations, but it was just a bit of fun.

Oh, and anyone can go cycle on the velodrome where all those medallists train. That's pretty cool too!

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posted by Sarah Barth [977 posts]
8th August 2012 - 8:13

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GB cycling would be 8th in the medal table (assuming you're not counting Wiggins) with 7 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze just below Italy. If you count Wiggins (which is cheating) then it's 8, 1 and 1 and we'd be 7th.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
8th August 2012 - 8:15

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These figures are somewhat incorrect, I think if you examine it properly you'll find that if Manchester was its own country it would be number 1.

Regardless of any medals. Cool

posted by farrell [1410 posts]
8th August 2012 - 12:59

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