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Victoria Pendleton claimed her ninth successive national title in the women’s sprint on Thursday evening in Manchester.



Two days after winning the 500m time-trial, the Olympic and world champion dispatched teenage rival and European U23 sprint champion Becky James 2-0 in the gold medal ride-off.



Having opted out of the Commonwealth Games two months ago, Pendleton is using the nationals as preparation for the European Championships in November, which carry Olympic qualifying points.



Fellow GB rider Jess Varnish took the bronze, beating Vicki Williamson.



In the women’s individual pursuit, Olympic silver medallist Wendy Houvenaghel qualified eight seconds faster than closest challenger Sarah Storey and comfortably dispatched her rival in the final, clocking 3-30-612 after a late pass.



It is the fastest time ever recorded over the distance at the national championships, which bodes well for the Northern Irish woman’s forthcoming individual pursuit challenge in New Delhi.



World junior omnium champion Laura Trott took the bronze medal, seeing off GB endurance rider Anna Blyth.



Academy rider George Atkins was the last-gasp winner of a gruelling men’s points race, taking victory by winning the final sprint against Simon Yates (Maxgear RT).



Though tied on 44 points, his superior finish clinched the title. It was a second silver for world junior madison champion Yates, following Tuesday night’s scratch race result, but a maiden senior title can’t be far off for the precocious 18-year-old.



Mark Christian finished third, ahead of Academy teammate Chris Whorrall.



Bruce Croall (City of Edinburgh RC) won the men’s kilometre time-trial, just dipping under 65 seconds. Andrew Kelly and Ieuan Williams were second and third.



The Paracycling flying 200m time-trial saw world records fall to race winner Jon Butterworth and Jody Cundy in the C5 and C4 categories.



Pendleton shakes hands with her fellow competitor

Pendleton shakes hands after another heat win




Related links

National track champs gallery by Andy Jones

National track champs, day two: Kennaugh takes scratch race

National track champs, day one: Pendleton wins 25th national title with 500m success

National track champs 2010 results

National track champs: the winners since 1995

  • ricci

    Well done Wendy. Such a wonderful lady and a great performance as well.We are so proud of you. Thanks for all your hard work and this fantastic achievement.
    Ricci+Liz+Poppy

  • old hedgey

    Both Houvenaghel and Pendleton rode as well as it is possible to imagine, athletically awesome, they’ ll be overtaking the pacing bikes at this rate can’t wait for tomorrow’s session Sold out by the way

  • Joe O’Herlihy

    Was Wendy Houvenaghel riding the team pursuit on her own or was she riding the individual pursuit?