Becky James

Date of birth: 29/11/91

From: Wales

Team: Great Britain

Becky James career profile

Welsh track sprint specialist Becky James’ rise on the international scene has been rapid. She first made her mark on the world of track cycling with a gold medal in the under-16s 500 metre time trial in the British track national championships in 2006.

It was a sign of things to come. In 2009, James took world and European titles along with a clutch of national golds, predominantly in her favoured sprint, 500m time trial and Keirin disciplines.

James put in a solid performance in the senior ranks at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, claiming silver in the sprint and bronze in 500m time trial for Wales. Her performance earned her a place on the shorlist for the 2010 BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year award.

James is widely tipped as one of the brightest young lights in the British track scene, and has taken up a regular position in the sprint disciplines after Victoria Pendleton’s post-London 2012 retirement.

She took her first World Cup win, alongside Jess Varnish, in the team sprint at the Glasgow round of the Track World Cup in November 2012.

A breakthrough performance in the 2013 Track World Championships saw James take the world titles in the sprint and keirin events, as well as taking bronze in the team sprint (with Victoria Williamson) and 500 metre time trial. It marked the first time that a British rider had won four medals in a single Track World Championships and propelled James into the limelight.

Becky James results

2013

World champion; sprint

World champion; keirin

2012

Track World Cup, Glasgow; team sprint (with Jess Varnish)

2011

National champion, keirin

National champion, sprint

2010

European track championships, under-23, sprint

British national track championships, team sprint

2009

Junior track world championships, keirin

Junior track world championships, sprint

European track championships, under-23, keirin

European track championships, under-23, 500m time trial

2007

British track championships, under-16, 500m time trial

British track championships, under-16, keirin

British track championships, under-16, scratch race

2006

British track championships, under-16, 500m time trial

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Becky James
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