Pendleton completes flawless worlds with third gold

Britain's Victoria Pendleton shows off her medal after winning the gold in the Women's Keirin at the track cycling world championships in Palma de Mallorca, April 1, 2007. REUTERS/Andrea Comas

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (Reuters) - Britain’s Victoria Pendleton completed a flawless performance at the world track cycling championships when she clinched her third gold medal after powering to victory in the women’s keirin on Sunday.

Pendleton’s triumph was a fitting finale to the British gold rush in Palma, where the team topped the medals table with seven golds.

The 26-year-old, who also won the sprint and team sprint events, kept her nerve after the race was restarted twice, first when defending champion Christin Muche was disqualified for cutting in on the rest of the field and then because of a problem with the pace-setting “derny” motorbike.

Pendleton stayed focussed and blasted clear of the rest of the field on the final lap to leave China’s Shuang Guo and Anna Meares of Australia trailing in her wake.

“After the first two false starts I thought this doesn’t look good but now I can’t believe I’ve done it,” Pendleton told reporters.

“Let’s face it, winning a medal has become average in this team so you have to make sure it’s a bit special.

“I’m delighted with all the medals but the sprint was the best one. It’s the one I’ve trained for, it’s the only one in the Olympics.

“It’s going to be a hard act to follow but I hope I can keep working hard and improve on my performances and I hope a few of the girls are taking notice of what I’ve done this weekend but how am I going to top that?”