Pendleton stays on course for third gold

06 August 2012 / 18:13

Victoria Pendleton's Olympic odyssey was set to continue into the final day of the London 2012 track programme after the Briton advanced to the semi-finals of the women's sprint.

Defending champion and six-time world sprint champion Pendleton advanced with a 2-0 best-of-three quarter-final win over Olga Panarina of Belarus.

The 31-year-old cyclist from Stotfold was seeking a third gold to become Britain's most successful female Olympian and is set to retire after tTuesday's racing.

Friday's victory in the keirin saw Pendleton move level with athlete Kelly Holmes, swimmer Rebecca Adlington and sailors Shirley Robertson, Sarah Ayton and Sarah Webb on two Olympic gold medals.

Pendleton was a comfortable winner of the first bout with Panarina and a decider was not required as the Briton won the second contest by 10 metres, showing her blistering form.

It has been an eventful competition thus far for Pendleton, who together with Jess Varnish set a world record in the team sprint before the pair were relegated by officials for a takeover infringement.

Pendleton was poised to meet Kristina Vogel in the last four after the German beat Lithuania's Simona Krupeckaite 2-0.

Australia's Anna Meares, Pendleton's perennial rival, advanced to the last four with a 2-0 win over Lyubov Shulika of Ukraine.

Meares was poised to have to wait to discover her opponent as Guo Shuang of China drew level at 1-1 with Cuba's Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez and a decider was required.