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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.

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