Cycling: Romero rides into Olympic history

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Beijing, Aug 17: Britain's Rebecca Romero made Olympic history when she claimed gold in the women's individual pursuit track cycling final on Sunday.

Romero's victory saw her become only the second woman, and the first from Britain to win medals in different sports at the summer Olympics after taking a silver in the women's quadruple sculls rowing in Athens four years ago. Wendy Houvenaghel took silver to make it a one-two victory for Britain. Lesya Kalitovska of Ukraine took the bronze after beating Alison Shanks of New Zealand.

After crossing the finish line Romero rode up to the stands, took a Union Jack and rode a victory lap then collapsed in tears and exchanged hugs with people in the stands.

A rowing silver medallist in Athens in the quadruple sculls, Romero switched sports and made her track cycling debut only two years ago. She won two world championship titles in March.

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