Becky James beats Victoria Pendleton's Olympic Record in women's sprint qualifying

Compatriot Katy Marchant qualifies in second place

(Image credit: Watson)

Becky James (Great Britain) set a new Olympic Record of 10.721 for the women's track sprint in qualifying at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, beating the record held by her fellow Brit Victoria Pendleton from London 2012.

Not long after, Team GB's second rider, Katy Marchant, was just 0.066s off her teammate's new record. The British riders qualified in first and second.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.