Abergavenny's Becky James lights up the Track World Cup

Free Press Series: Gwent's James lights up the Track World Cup Gwent's James lights up the Track World Cup

ABERGAVENNY’S Becky James was one of the stars of the Track World Cup in Glasgow, winning two medals and beating rival and team-mate Jess Varnish in the keirin.

Great Britain’s Varnish and James won the first gold medal of the opening international competition at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome with victory in the women’s team sprint at the Track World Cup in Glasgow.

The British duo were fastest qualifiers and clocked 33.428 seconds to win by a handsome margin from Spain’s Tania Calvo and Helena Casas, who finished in 34.102secs on Friday night.

Varnish focused on the specialist starting position at London 2012, but her Games ended in disappointment following an infringement in her takeover to the now-retired Victoria Pendleton.

In combination with James, the 20-year-old Commonwealth medallist from Wales, the duo reigned supreme with a comprehensive triumph which bodes well for February’s Track Cycling World Champion-ships in Minsk.

Varnish won the all-British women’s sprint semi-final ahead of James to advance to the gold medal ride-off on the second day of competition at the Track World Cup in Glasgow.

Former world junior sprint champion James held off Varnish’s charge in the second contest to level, but Varnish edged a narrow third bout to advance with a 2-1 win.

James, beaten by Varnish in the semi-final, claimed a 2-1 win in the bronze medal ride-off against Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze. Varnish finished with silver.

In the second round of the keirin Varnish was forced out of the top three and rode in the 7-12th place final, with James finishing fifth in the final having come third in her heat. Both women are hoping to ride in the event at the next Olympics, succeeding Victoria Pendleton.

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