Victoria Pendleton wins gold at the Olympics
LIFETIME member of Mildhenhall Cycling Ckub Victoria Pendleton has won gold in the Keirin at the Olympics.
The 31-year-old added to the earlier success earned by the British men’s pursuit team, who claimed the top spot in a thrilling world record time, on the second day of competition at the London 2012 Olympic Veldrome.
Pendleton saw off Guo Shuang of China who was second and Lee Wai Sze of Hong Kong third.
“I can barely believe it right now,” Pendleton said.
“It was really hard with the excitement of the great job the girls did qualifying with a world record and then the guys smash the world record and win a gold medal - I was just, like, ‘Focus, Vic, focus. You’ve still got a race’.
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“But it was so hard. I can’t believe it.
“Thank you so much to everyone who’s helped me get here. The crowd have been fantastic and it really helped me today.”
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Told she had produced the perfect tactical race, Pendleton said: “I think Jan 1/8van Eijden, coach 3/8 might have something to say about that.
“But he said to me, ‘Don’t look for their race. Just make your own. When it’s your moment, just go’.
“My legs were good from last night and I still wanted to really show what I’ve got and it worked out okay, I guess.”
Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh and Steven Burke clocked three minutes 51.659 seconds to triumph by a supreme margin ahead of arch-rivals Australia.
Australia’s Jack Bobridge, Glenn O’Shea, Rohan Dennis and Michael Hepburn finished with silver in 3mins 54.581secs.
Clancy’s focus will now turn to the six-discipline omnium, which is set to begin tomorrow.