Victoria Pendleton bags gold in the Keirin
CYCLIST Victoria Pendleton claimed impressive victory for Team GB in the veleodrome last night - becoming only the second British woman to strike gold in consecutive games.
ONLY one Queen Vic was the toast of London’s East End last night – and she wasn’t in Albert Square.
As Victoria Pendleton turned tearful disqualification in the team sprint to triumph in the keirin within 24 hours, the roof nearly came off the velodrome and Britain’s blazing saddles enjoyed another memorable night of Olympic cycling glory.
The thrilling victory was even more impressive because Pendleton delivered in her least favoured event and she said: “I can barely believe it right now. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me get here. The crowd have been fantastic and they really helped me.”
When the 31-year-old collects her knitting needles and retires next week, she will look back fondly on an evening when she pursued a pizza delivery scooter for a mile then won the scramble to declare margarita time open.
Hitting the front with just a lap-and-a-half to go – and the derny long since diverted to the next delivery of thin crusts and pepperoni toppings – Pendleton became only the second British woman to strike gold in consecutive Games. Not for the first time, she was a stunning advert for girl power in her patriotic Team GB painted fingernails.