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Cycling - 28. March 2010.

Victoria Pendleton wins eighth world title

Olympic champion Pendleton beat Guo Shuang of China 2-0 in the best-ofthree final of the women's sprint on the same afternoon Sir Chris was ousted from the corresponding men's event in Copenhagen.

Sir Chris was bidding to reclaim the title he won in 2008 in Manchester prior to winning three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.

But the 34-year-old Scot was beaten 2-1 by defending champion Gregory Bauge in the quarter-finals after being caught napping in his second round clash with Germany's Robert Forstemann.

Pendleton had a minor crash before coasting to a fourth successive women's sprint title and a fifth world champion's rainbow jersey in six years.

Lizzie Armitstead, meanwhile, claimed her second silver - and Britain's seventh medal in total - with second in the women's omnium.

Pendleton believes the accident may even have helped her deliver Britain's second gold.

"Having a little crash like that can sometimes give you quite a big adrenaline spike, so maybe it helped me in the end," said Pendleton.

Wins in Palma, Manchester, Pruszkow and Copenhagen have followed for Pendleton, who will ride for keirin gold tomorrow.

"I'm kind of expected to do so well these days that it feels like par for the job," she said.

"The whole world has such high expectations of us, it is difficult and only the best - as in gold - ever feels good enough."

Supplied by www.insidethegames.biz
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