Becky James crowned sprint world champion

Great Britain's Becky James beats China's Shuang Guo in the sprint semifinal race 1. Credit: PA Wire

Becky James succeeded Victoria Pendleton as track cycling's sprint world champion with a sensational victory on day four of the World Championships in Minsk.

After Olympic champion Jason Kenny was beaten in the corresponding men's event, losing his quarter-final to Sam Webster of New Zealand 2-0, James came from behind to win her maiden world title in the women's race.

The 21-year-old from Abergavenny made serene progress to the last four yesterday, beat Guo Shuang of China in her semi-final 2-0 this afternoon and then claimed a 2-1 win over Germany's Kristina Vogel in the best-of-three final.