London 2012

Pendleton safely through

Brit in hunt for second gold

Last Updated: 05/08/12 5:58pm

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Victoria Pendleton: Moved through to the quarter-finals with ease

Victoria Pendleton: Moved through to the quarter-finals with ease

Victoria Pendleton continued her Olympic momentum with a safe passage into the quarter-finals of the sprint competition.

The Brit kept herself in the hunt for a second gold medal as she comfortably fended off both of her evening's opponents to rapturous applause.

Pendleton kicked off the evening session at the London Velodrome after qualifying fastest earlier in the day, breaking the Olympic record to give her the best possible seeding heading into the heats.

Russian Ekaterina Gnidenko and Willy Kanis (Holland) were no match for a rider in the form of her life in what was a comfortable route through to Monday's next round.

Also making their way through were Pendleton’s expected rivals Anna Meares (Australia), Guo Shuang (China) and Kristina Vogel (Germany).

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.

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