2004 Athens Keirin and sprint gold medalist Ryan Bayley will be inducted into the Australian Sport Hall of Fame tonight at a ceremony in Melbourne. During his career, Bayley also became the Keirin world champion in 2001 and won four Commonwealth games gold medals, the sprint and team sprint in 2002 and the sprint and Keirin titles in 2006.
Bayley joins fellow cyclists Phil Anderson, John Nicholson, Dean Woods and Kathy Watt in the Sport Hall of Fame. Eight other Australian athletes are also to be inducted
“From the turn of the century, track cycling belonged to Ryan Bayley and Australia,” said Robert de Castella, the SAHOF selection committee chairman. “His efforts in velodromes around the world demonstrated the boldness and revolutionary nature of many Australian sports people and confirmed our nation as a significant player in international track cycling.”
The 33-year-old described he felt surprised and “honoured” to be joining such an illustrious list of sportspeople.
“Going through the list of names, I’ve never thought I was one of those people who rated up there … it’s just crazy,” said Bayley.
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