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.

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Comments
  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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