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Pendleton sets Olympic record in sprint qualifying

Bedfordshire's Victoria Pendleton has set a new Olympic record in the women's sprint qualifying round, with a time of 10.724 seconds.

There are more heats later today, and if Pendleton gets through to the final on Tuesday the cyclist from Stotfold will defend the Olympic title she won in Beijing. It will be her final competition before she retires from the sport.


Disappointment for Pendleton on track

Pendleton and Varnish in action today on the track Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Great Britain's Jess Varnish and Victoria Pendleton missed out on a ride-off for Olympic gold after being relegated by officials for a takeover infringement.

Varnish and Pendleton had set a world record in the two-woman, two-lap event in qualifying, seeing the mark broken moments later by China.

The Britons set the second fastest time in the first round and were due to advance to the final against China, who set another world record, but officials ruled against them.

Pendleton was set to resume competition in the keirin tomorrow, but for Varnish the Games are over.

It meant Germany were promoted to the final against China, with Australia and Holland to contest bronze.

  1. Lauren Carter

Gearing up for Pendleton's gold bid

Pendleton goes for gold this afternoon Credit: Lauren Carter, ITV Anglia

We're in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, the home town of Victoria Pendleton as she prepares for the team sprint in the velodrome. There's no doubt who the residents will be supporting later today!

Victoria is a poster girl for cycling Credit: Lauren Carter, ITV Anglia
Mayor of Stotfold Brian Collier Credit: Lauren Carter, ITV Anglia

"We are enormously proud of Victoria Pendleton's achievements in what she has done and what we hope she'll do in this Olympiad." Mayor of Stotfold Brian Collier