Bradley Wiggins: Cyclist wins gold to become Britain's most-decorated Olympian

Bradley Wiggins kisses his wife Catherine after winning gold in the men's team pursuit on Friday.

Story highlights

  • Cyclist Bradley Wiggins becomes Britain's most decorated Olympian
  • Wiggins win his eighth Olympic medal, fifth gold, in team pursuit
  • British quartet set world record as they beat Australia in the final

Rio de Janeiro (CNN)A knighthood, Britain's first Tour de France winner -- and now his country's most decorated Olympian.

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins won an eighth Olympic medal Friday as he and his teammates set a new world record to edge out Australia in a pulsating men's pursuit final.
Behind for much of the race and still trailing with 500 of the 4,000 meters remaining, the 36-year-old Wiggins led Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Doull in a storming comeback that culminated in victory by just 0.743 seconds.
    "I wanted to go out with this," Wiggins told reporters after his final Olympic race.
    It was a fifth career gold medal for Wiggins, who claimed bronze in the same event 16 years ago at his first Games in Sydney.
    This success also vindicated his decision to return to track cycling after winning the Tour de France and Olympic time trial in 2012.
    "I wanted it to end like this," he said. "Not some crappy little race in northern France -- Paris-Tours -- climbing off in the feed zone. It's brilliant."