Victoria Pendleton’s career ends with silver medal
Pendleton was in tears as she performed a lap of farewell to mark the closure of a glorious career which ended with defeat to her great rival, Australia’s Anna Meares.
Pendleton’s bid to become the first British woman to win three Olympic golds was dealt a huge blow when she was relegated from first to second in the first heat of the final against Anna Meares.
Pendelton had won the heat by the width of a tyre but was judged to have veered out of her lane in the final few metres of the run. Boos rang around the velodrome when the verdict was announced.
It looked a close call as Meares had been the one to make contact with the other rider. Dave Brailsford, the Team GB performance director, had heated exchanges with the race commisairs but the decision stood leaving Pendleton having to win two heats to win the best of three final.
She attempted to win the second heat charging in front with one and a half laps to go but could not hold the pace as Meares chased her down to win gold.