Updated: 04/08/2012 11:45 | By pa.press.net

Pendleton storms to keirin gold



Victoria Pendleton celebrates after winning keirin gold on the line

Victoria Pendleton celebrates after winning keirin gold on the line

Victoria Pendleton claimed Great Britain's third gold medal in two days of competition at the London 2012 Olympic velodrome with a stunning triumph in the keirin.

Moments after watching Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh and Steven Burke clock a world record three minutes 51.659 seconds to triumph by a supreme margin ahead of arch-rivals Australia, Pendleton delivered in her least favoured event.

In the event which begins behind a motorised Derny bike, the 31-year-old from Stotfold, who is set to retire after London 2012, stormed to victory. Guo Shuang of China was second, with Lee Wai Sze of Hong Kong third.

The win sparked jubilant scenes from coach Jan van Eijden, British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford and head coach Shane Sutton and was Britain's third gold medal of the track programme after Sir Chris Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny won the men's team sprint on day one.

It was Britain's third success from four events. Pendleton won the second gold after her Olympic sprint title in 2008 and continued an eventful final competition for the multiple world champion.

World champion Anna Meares made an early move as soon as the pace-setting bike went off, but Pendleton accelerated from one-and-a-half laps to go and took to the front before sensationally pulling away to claim her second Olympic gold. Meares, of Australia, was a distant fifth. Pendleton celebrated with her fiance Scott Gardner, a coach with British Cycling.

Pendleton said it was hard not to be distracted by the excitement British riders' success was causing in the velodrome.

"I can barely believe it right now," Pendleton told BBC1. "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'. 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."

Told she had produced the perfect tactical race, Pendleton said: "I think Jan [van Eijden, coach] 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."

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03/08/2012 20:52
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great ride victoria, you are true class and gorgeous too xx
03/08/2012 21:39
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What another fantastic day for all ot the athletes of Team GB! 8 Gold medals so far and hopefully more on the horizon. I can see another two in Cycling, another two in Sailing, then we have our track athletes, got to be at least one, another in boxing, another at least in the Equestrian, then we have Mr Andy Wimbledon himself, come on Andy give the team a gold in tennis! Come on all you gorgeous beautiful British Olympians, you are all making us so proud right now to be British, Go Team GB! If you all give your best then we are gauranteed at least another 8 Gold medals. We might be a small Island against the big countries but lets finish this Olympics in 3rd position and per head of capita we will then be the best on the planet! Come on Team GB lets be the best! Good luck to you all, every single one of you are fantastic and this is going to be our most successful Olympics ever. Go Team GB you are all winners and fantastic.
03/08/2012 23:47
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Evil Turkey

Did'nt your Mother realise they threw out the Baby & kept the afterbirth what a dreg on society you turned out to be If you can't congratulate our olympians keep your evil gob  shut nobody is interested in your snide remarks so crawl back under the stone you hide under

03/08/2012 20:39
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congratulations victoria......you did us proud.....xxxxxx

03/08/2012 20:28
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well done vicky a comet  among planets , speed of light , keep on cycling girl xx
03/08/2012 21:27
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Wow; What grit from Victoria Pendelton;When Meares made that electric charge ,I thought that that was it  But then Pendelton had other ideas ;brilliant ...The 3rd placed Hong Kong girl's smile was a joy to watch though.i'm sure she'll go home a hero in her homeland.

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Watching with tears in my eyes, the almost superhuman effort given in all sports from our boys and girls...I feel quite humbled and immensly proud!

Well done all of you...You are all Hero's!

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WELL DONE VICTORIA AND ALL THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CYCLING TEAM YOU HAVE ALL DONE FANTASTIC
03/08/2012 20:52
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Vicky did us proud today and i think she could win another Gold yet which would be awesome on her last olympics and a great way to retire :) .
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I would like to pay my utmost respects to ALL the ladies  participating in the Olympic Games,each & everyone of you are fantastic to watch.

My 'favourite',is Jessica ENNIS,also Victoria Pendleton,all of you though,have aquitted yourselves with distinction,we can but hope that those younger than yourselve's will adopt you all as 'role models'.

 

03/08/2012 20:52
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well done vicky, great race , great win   
04/08/2012 07:07
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you have all surpased my greatest expectations in this olympics and still more to come this nation should be all very proud of your achievments

 

                       GO TEAM GB

04/08/2012 02:06
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You can lead a horse to water, but you'll not make him drink, however, I have watched intensely as Great Britain's Olympic participants have tried their hearts out to win for us all,

 

I now feel as though I owe them something,  even though they don't know me, they have all done their very best to make me proud to be British, a humbling thought but a very true one.

 

Victoria Pendleton's win was poetry in motion, it was perfect, had the bike been a horse then she was Lester Piggott in a tight finish, she made it look oh so easy, yes it could have gone wrong, but she's a girl, a girl with a brain and the heart of a lion, it was magical to watch, and I'm now very glad that the olympics were held in this country, as history was made before my very eyes, and I was standing on the very same soil as what she achieved her win on, nope I wasn't at the games, I was miles away,  no water separated me from her, we were both on the same island, Great Britain, a place that is magical and ancient, an island that we the British would all protect with our lives.

 

A good day for British sport, a good day to be British, and a magical moment that will be remembered forever by us all.

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THE PERSON I FEEL SORRY FOR IS BECCY ADLINGTON THERE WAS FAR TOO MUCH PRESSURE PUT ON HER BY THE MEDIA, AND THAT YOUNG AMERICAN GIRL WAS UNBELIEVABLE FOR A 15 YEAR OLD IT WAS PHENOMINAL SHE IS GOING TOO BE A REAL SUPERSTAR IN THE FUTURE
03/08/2012 21:50
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Evil Turkey; You have just won the gold medal for 'Bitterness'  In the 'Tosh and Waffle Olympics' I'm sure your parents will shed tears of despair!!!
03/08/2012 22:41
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I note i have have one  reply to my comment  to Mr Turkey (Mhmm! wonder who that came from?) Best erased:Nothing of interest to say that could accomodate a pea-brain!

03/08/2012 21:32
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great ride great champ, will miss you, britain should be proud! Tezza from Colchester
03/08/2012 21:45
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Long live Queen Victoria! You can walk away with your crown intact as you deserve. We are all so very proud of you!
04/08/2012 07:59
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Dean Ramsey. I agree that our Armed forces are the real hero's, but you're missing the point mate. These are sporting hero's, so stop feeling so agreved at not having a good job or not getting paid enough & get on with your life mate & accept the fact that you'll never amount to much, mainly because YOU didn't try hard enough to be as good as one of them!
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Pendleton storms to keirin goldVictoria Pendleton claimed Great Britain's third gold medal in two days of competition at the London 2012 Olympic velodrome with a stunning triumph in the keirin.pa.press.net2012-08-04T11:45:182012-08-04T11:45:18Victoria Pendleton celebrates after winning keirin gold on the lineVictoria Pendleton claimed Great Britain's third gold medal in two days of competition at the London 2012 Olympic velodrome with a stunning triumph in the keirin.Moments after watching Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh and Steven Burke clock a world record three minutes 51.659 seconds to triumph by a supreme margin ahead of arch-rivals Australia, Pendleton delivered in her least favoured event.In the event which begins behind a motorised Derny bike, the 31-year-old from Stotfold, who is set to retire after London 2012, stormed to victory. Guo Shuang of China was second, with Lee Wai Sze of Hong Kong third.The win sparked jubilant scenes from coach Jan van Eijden, British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford and head coach Shane Sutton and was Britain's third gold medal of the track programme after Sir Chris Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny won the men's team sprint on day one.It was Britain's third success from four events. Pendleton won the second gold after her Olympic sprint title in 2008 and continued an eventful final competition for the multiple world champion.World champion Anna Meares made an early move as soon as the pace-setting bike went off, but Pendleton accelerated from one-and-a-half laps to go and took to the front before sensationally pulling away to claim her second Olympic gold. Meares, of Australia, was a distant fifth. Pendleton celebrated with her fiance Scott Gardner, a coach with British Cycling.Pendleton said it was hard not to be distracted by the excitement British riders' success was causing in the velodrome."I can barely believe it right now," Pendleton told BBC1. "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'. 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."Told she had produced the perfect tactical race, Pendleton said: "I think Jan [van Eijden, coach] 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'. 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