- Mark Cavendish skips Giro D’Italia to focus on Tour de France
- Sochi 2014: Bjoerndalen in videos – What it takes to be the greatest
- Paula Radcliffe beaten by Haile Gebrselassie in half marathon
- Sochi 2014: Chinese curler chooses country over Valentine’s Day loyalty
- Sochi 2014: Jamaica say bobsled will go on, now brace yourselves for skeleton
Becky James storms to keirin gold at World Championships
Becky James brings curtain down on a record-breaking World Track Cycling Championships with keirin gold
Becky James brought the curtain down on a record-breaking World Track Cycling Championships as she stormed to her second title in two days in Minsk, Belarus.
Heading into the final day of competition James could already call herself a world champion having won sprint gold less than 24 hours earlier.
But the 21-year-old was not done there as she returned to the track to lead the keirin final from start to finish to double her gold-medal tally.
James also heads back home with bronze from the time trial and team sprint, which she claimed alongside Victoria Williamson, meaning she becomes the first British rider to claim four medals at a single World Championships.
“Oh my gosh. I can’t believe it. Wow,” said James, who held off the challenge of China’s Jinjie Gong and Cuban Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez to win the keirin title.
“It’s going to take a good week for it to sink in, or two weeks, or a month.
“I just need someone to pinch me and tell me if it’s really happening to me. I feel like it’s a complete dream apart from the pain in my legs.”
Meanwhile, Olympic omnium champion Laura Trott had to settle for silver as she surrendered her world title to American Sarah Hammer.
The 20-year-old helped Great Britain win team pursuit gold on Thursday but her tenth-place finish in Saturday’s points race ultimately proved crucial as despite bettering Hammer twice on the final day she still came away with silver.
Trott said: “A better rider beat me on the day. What more can I do?
“After the points race, I am happy to come away with a medal, so to end up with silver I am super happy.”
Despite having no more finalists on the final day Britain’s young team still ended the week on top of the medal table in Minsk, with nine in total, including five golds.◀ The Sport Review homepageNext story ►
- Farah wins Great North Run and sets new personal best
- Johnson-Thompson vows to make up for lost time
- Devine hopes luck is about to change
- Greaves eyes Doha triumph after great 2014
- James hails home fans after 400m win
Read more on...
Mo Farah wins Great North Run in new personal best time2 weeks ago Olympics
Katarina Johnson-Thompson vows to make up for lost time2 weeks ago Olympics
Paralympic runner David Devine hopes luck is about to change3 weeks ago Olympics
Paralympic discus thrower Dan Greaves eyes Doha triumph after great 20143 weeks ago Olympics
Kirani James hails home fans after 400m win at Sainsbury’s Grand Prix4 weeks ago Olympics
Mo Farah breaks British record over two miles at Sainsbury’s Grand Prix4 weeks ago Olympics
Stunning seven medals for Britain on night two at Europeans1 month ago Olympics
Mo Farah makes history as GB end record-breaking Euros on high1 month ago Olympics
Greg Rutherford prepared to jump big at European Championships1 month ago Olympics
Lizzie Armitstead third at RideLondon Women’s Grand Prix1 month ago Olympics
Commonwealth Games 2014: Tom Daley storms to gold2 months ago Olympics
Commonwealth Games 2014: Purvis exceeded own expectations with gold2 months ago Olympics
Commonwealth Games 2014: Tom Daley thrilled with 10m synchro silver2 months ago Olympics
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dowsett uses anger to power to gold2 months ago Olympics
Commonwealth Games 2014: Williams targets Jamaica after 200m silver2 months ago Olympics
Commonwealth Games 2014: Max Whitlock leads home nation clean sweep2 months ago Olympics
Commonwealth Games 2014: Greg Rutherford thrilled with gold2 months ago Olympics
Commonwealth Games 2014: Proud follows Hasall’s golden lead2 months ago Olympics
Commonwealth Games 2014: Sharman edged out in hurdles thriller2 months ago Olympics
Commonwealth Games 2014: Louis Smith helps England take gold2 months ago Olympics