World Track Championships 2009
Sprint Finals - Pendelton domination, but had it tough.
Victoria Pendleton (GBR) won Gold and her fourth World Championship jersey, ahead of Willy Kanis (NED) and Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) Bronze.
final of the Women's Sprint was highly dramatic as the strong Dutch woman
Willy Kanis gave the previously imperious Victoria Pendleton, one of the
most difficult challenges she has faced over the last few years.
was understandably, extremely emotional in the track centre when the
result was finally announced and a fourth world title was hers.
Victoria Pendleton secured her place in the final after a clean sweep against the young Belarusian Olga Panarina. Pendleton is on track to repeat her 2008 form. She is focused and not allowing any distractions from her preparations.
In the second semi-final, Dutch sprinting powerhouse, Willy Kanis continued to improve her form. Kanis dismissed Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) in straight races.
Victoria Pendleton (GBR) was very emotional after securing her fourth World Championship jersey."This is the hardest but most rewarding thing I've ever done," said a tearful Pendleton. "I honestly didn't truly believe in my heart it was possible, so I'm overjoyed," she told reporters. "I couldn't possibly imagine not having a world championship jersey. It's been so hard this year."
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