Pendleton celebrating her victory

Pendleton celebrating her victory (Photo credit: Wu Wei/Xinhua)

Victoria Pendleton today won her first Olympic Gold medal in the women’s sprint on the final night of competition for cycling at the Games.  The 27-year-old beat Anna Meares of Australia in two straight races in the best-of-three series.

Pendleton has also written her name into the record books by winning Great Britain’s second women’s medal in Track Cycling in Olympic history.

Pendleton admitted it was a “dream” to finally win an Olympic medal after missing out in Athens four years ago.

She told BBC1: “It doesn’t feel real yet. Everything went to plan but after the success of the team I felt it might be too much to ask.

“I couldn’t expect anything more – it’s a dream scenario. I feel like part of the team because you have to have a medal these days.

“I feel like a completely different athlete (from Athens), I enjoy it a lot more and am lucky to have people around me to help me improve.”

A stunning performance from Pendleton. I look forward to watching her at the next Olympics in London in 2012.

Also seen at the event today watching the cyclists was former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

  1. matt says:

    Interesting. I’ve also been exploring Aussie happenings, particularly in the world of kangaroo boxing, as well as koalas, Barry Crocker, and Matthew McConaughey over at the Rodeo.

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