Victoria Pendleton, Shanaze Reade beat China to win team sprint

World sprint champ pairs with world BMX champ Reade to set world record

British duo Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade defended their team sprint crown against China here at the world track cycling championships Thursday.

The Chinese pairing of Jinjie Gong and Lulu Zheng claimed the silver medal, with Germany winning the bronze after winning their medal match-up with France.

Pendleton, the world sprint champion, and reigning world BMX champion Reade set a new world best time of 33.186 for the two-lap event to beat heat rivals France and claim their spot in the final.

And despite China taking a slight lead after the first lap of the two-lap event, Pendleton dug deep to pull back the deficit and come over the finish line in a time of 33.61.

For more reports, results & photos from the track world championships, see Cyclingnews.com.

© BikeRadar & AFP 2008

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