Hoy's triumph watched by 8 million

Sir Chris Hoy's fifth Olympic gold medal win was watched by more then eight million people

Sir Chris Hoy's fifth Olympic gold medal win was watched by more then eight million people

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More than eight million people watched Sir Chris Hoy equal Sir Steve Redgrave's haul of five golds in a world record-beating performance at the velodrome.

The cycling trio claimed gold on Thursday night in front of a BBC1 peak audience of 8.1 million.

Even more people tuned in to see the most decorated Olympian of all - US swimmer Michael Phelps - win another gold in the 200m individual medley, which was watched by a peak audience of 9.6 million.

Around 3.7 million people tuned in to BBC1 to see Peter Wilson win gold in the shooting, while a peak of 4.7 million watched Gemma Gibbons win silver in the judo final.

The Games have been a ratings winner for the corporation, pulling in huge audiences.

More than 10 million people watched Rebecca Adlington's bronze medal-winning performance for Team GB earlier in the week, while 7.6 million tuned in to see Lizzie Armitstead's rain-sodden finish on The Mall as she became the first British athlete to make the medals table for London 2012.

The opening ceremony drew a massive 26.9 million viewers at its peak.

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