Pendleton powers to keirin gold

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Victoria Pendleton claimed gold in the keirin event at the Olympics on Friday, making up for a disappointing start to her home Games.

Britain’s Victoria Pendleton pulls out from behind Australia’s Anna Meares during the track cycling women’s keirin first round heat 2 at the Velodrome during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Poster girl Pendleton, who was disqualified from the team sprint with Jessica Varnish on Thursday, produced an impressive amount of power to claim her second Olympic medal four years after winning the individual sprint in Beijing.

“It’s the best moment of my career so far. I had a bad year in 2011 and a lot of people wrote me off and I wanted to prove them wrong,” Pendleton told reporters.

China’s Guo Shuang took silver after Pendleton resisted her rival’s challenge in the home straight.

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