Date of birth: 29/11/91
From: Abergavenny, Wales, Great Britain
Team: Great Britain

Becky James’s track sprinting career has been frustratingly interrupted by injury and illness. She missed out on a place at the London Olympics but bounced back the following year to win four medals across four sprint disciplines (including two world titles), something only Anna Meares had previously achieved.

A disappointing campaign at the 2014 track world championships in Cali was followed by her pulling out of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow due to injury.

A tentative return to competition in 2015 saw James face competition among her fellow Great Britain track sprinters to fill the available places in the nation’s line-up for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

At the 2016 World Championships in London, James placed third in the keirin, a key selection event for the 2016 Olympics. Subsequently, she was handed a ride in Rio and will contest the keirin and sprint. GB did not qualify a place for the women’s team sprint.

Becky James received numerous plaudits for her bronze medal in the women’s keirin on day two of the Track Cycling World Championships in London this week. She herself said the…

Becky James has withdrawn from the up-coming Commonwealth Games with a knee injury sustained in training. James had taken two weeks out of training for a minor surgical procedure, then…