Pendleton sets new Olympic record
London, Aug 5: Victoria Pendleton began her bid for a third and final gold by setting an Olympic record in qualifying for the women's Sprint at the London 2012 Velodrome.
The 31-year-old won the event in Beijing four years ago and on Friday triumphed in the Keirin.
World champion Pendleton opened her final competition before retirement with an Olympic record of 10.724, qualifying for the Sprint quickest ahead of rival Anna Meares of Australia, who was second in 10.805.
The duo were the only riders to dip beneath 11 seconds, with Pendleton gaining top seeding for the knockout rounds as she began her bid to sign off her career on Tuesday with victory.
China's Guo Shuang was third in 11.020, with Kristina Vogel of Germany fourth in 11.027.
Meanwhile, in the men's Omnium world champion Glenn O'Shea of Australia led on 17 points, with Great Britain's Ed Clancy two points behind.
There are two events remaining - the 15km scratch race and 1km time-trial - and it is the day's only medal event at the Velodrome.
Lasse Hansen of Denmark was third, Elia Viviani of Italy fourth on 20 points and France's Bryan Coquard fifth on 22 points.
Already today the Omnium athletes have taken part in the 4km pursuit, which Hansen finished in 4:20.674 to win the discipline.
Second-placed Clancy clocked 4:20.853 and O'Shea was third in 4:24.811.
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