Only one Queen Vic was a toast of London’s East End final night – and she wasn’t in Albert Square.
As Victoria Pendleton incited weeping suspension in a group scurry to delight in a keirin within 24 hours, a roof scarcely came off a ‘Pringle’ as Britain enjoyed another noted night of Olympic cycling glory.
When Pendleton, 31, collects her needlework needles and retires subsequent week, she will demeanour behind fondly on a useful dusk when she followed a pizza smoothness scooter for a mile and afterwards won a hasten to announce marguerita time strictly open.
Hitting a front with a lap-and-a-half to go, Pendleton became customarily a second British lady to win Olympic bullion in uninterrupted Games.
And not for a initial time, she was a overwhelming advert for lady energy in her nationalistic Team GB embellished fingernails. She said: “I don’t know if it was a bit bold, though about a year ago we pronounced this was going to be an Olympics for a girls – here come a girls – and we was so happy to see Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins win their bullion medals in a rowing this morning.
“That was a many sparkling thing I’ve seen during these Games given when we spoke to them a integrate of months ago, it sent shivers down my spine listening to them. They were so certain and inspirational and we took a lot from their opening today, they were amazing.”
Pendleton’s winning domain from China’s Shuang Guo was immaterial – about a same length as her domain of suspension with Jess Varnish on Thursday night.
But when she goes home to her Dobermanns, Mr Jonty and Stella, she won’t give a dog’s bone about that – nonetheless she competence consternation what happened to her arch-rival, Anna Meares, who finished among a also-rans.
Aussie Meares will be behind for a final night of a Poms in a velodrome on Tuesday, and Pendleton admitted: “I would have favourite to award in all 3 events if possible, though this unequivocally creates adult for yesterday’s disqualification.
“After we had finished on a lane on Thursday night, we went outward and had a cuddle of my 10-week-old baby nephew Nathan, that put all into perspective. When he’s a few years older, I’ll be means to tell him how he finished all seem all right when we was down.
“I’ve never had a 24 hours like this in my career before, and if it’s OK with we we wouldn’t wish to go by it again.
“I’m blissful to be timid in dual days’ time – even now we still we ask myself given we put myself by all this. And after a group scurry we found it tough to get to nap and put all out of my mind given I’m not a best keirin supplement in a world.
“I’ve been close, and missed out in a past by a integrate of inches or some common-sense decisions, so to do a good office on my last-ever keirin competition was unequivocally critical to me.
“There will be no second thoughts about retiring, not in a million years.
“It hasn’t even begun to penetrate in nonetheless that we competence be compared with inspirational athletes like Dame Kelly Holmes. Maybe in a integrate of years we competence be means to demeanour behind and think, ‘Well done, Vic.’
“And we haven’t dared to consider about removing behind on a lectern in a particular scurry or dream about another award around my neck. It’s critical that we stay focused on winning races.”
In office of happiness
On another enchanting night underneath a ‘Pringle’ velodrome, Britain’s group office cyclists defended their Olympic pretension in a best probable conform – by outstanding their possess universe record and degrading a Aussies.
Geraint Thomas, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Pete Kennaugh incited their face-off opposite a boys from Down Under into a procession, floating divided a Oz ‘Cyclones’ with an irresistible whirlwind in 3min 51.659sec.
The Aussies trailed in roughly 3 seconds behind.
Along with Bradley Wiggins and a invalid Chancellor of a Exchequer, basketball luminary Kobe Bryant was in a audience.
Sorry, Kobe, though there is customarily one dream group in London – and it ain’t your Harlem Globetrotters.
Thomas, Clancy, Burke and Kennaugh positively broken Jack Borbridge, Glenn O’Shea, Rohan Dennis and Michael Hepburn with a many flawless choreography given Pan’s People were during vast on Top of a Pops.
Thomas, 26, worked so tough to turn a two-time Olympic champion that his coaches even criminialized him from going to see Rihanna in concert.
He said: “As distant behind as final Nov we were on a lane in Manchester during half 7 in a morning.
“They stopped us going to see a Rihanna gig and it’s been full-on given then. To finish a office like that was amazing. The throng is unimaginable – my ears are ringing, it was too loud.”
Kennaugh, 23, is Manx Missile II, another gem of a find from a Isle of Man, where British Cycling discovered Tour de France fable Mark Cavendish.
He said: “The Aussies are customarily utterly a chirpy bunch, though when we posted a universe record in qualifying we beheld they were most quieter.
“Maybe they knew what was coming.”
Wiggins, who started Britain’s latest cycling bullion rush on Wednesday, said: “I would adore to have been out there tonight, I’m roughly sceptical of those guys.”