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James takes gold in sprint
Becky James succeeded Victoria Pendleton as track cycling's sprint world champion with a sensational victory on day four of the World Championships in Minsk.
After Olympic champion Jason Kenny was beaten in the corresponding men's event, losing his quarter-final to Sam Webster of New Zealand 2-0, James came from behind to win her maiden world title in the women's race.
The 21-year-old from Abergavenny made serene progress to the last four on Friday, beat Guo Shuang of China in her semi-final 2-0 on Saturday afternoon and then claimed a 2-1 win over Germany's Kristina Vogel in the best-of-three final.
Vogel, Olympic champion in the team sprint, led out James in the opening bout, but the Welshwoman ducked inside and took the initiative at the final lap bell. James was in front entering the finishing straight, but Vogel reeled her in and was awarded the victory after a photo finish.
Vogel led out the second contest, but James was able to accelerate around her rival to win the dash to the line and take the contest for gold to a decider.
James, girlfriend of Wales rugby union wing George North, then led from the front in the final bout and had too much pace for Vogel to claim a stunning victory.
Hong Kong's Lee Wai Sze responded from her semi-final defeat to Vogel to claim bronze with a 2-0 defeat of Guo.
The first World Championships on the road to the 2016 Olympics are taking place without the now-retired Pendleton, six times the world sprint champion, and Australia's Anna Meares, the Olympic champion, who is taking a sabbatical.
James won two junior world titles in 2009 and is Britain's heir apparent to Pendleton, who won her first world sprint title in 2005, aged 24. She added victories in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Three times Pendleton won three medals at a World Championships, most recently in 2009, but never did she win four.
James, who is in the form of her life and won team sprint and 500metres time-trial bronze medals in the opening two days, will go for a fourth tomorrow in the Keirin.