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James succeeds Pendleton as world sprint queen

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Great Britain's Becky James succeeded Victoria Pendleton as world sprint champion on Saturday, breaking the six-year iron-grip on the event held by the retired English golden girl and Australia's Anna Meares. 

Britain's Becky James celebrates her gold medal in UCI Track Cycling World Championships Women's Sprint in Belarus' capital of Minsk on February 23, 2013. James succeeded Victoria Pendleton as world sprint champion on Saturday, breaking the six-year iron-grip on the event held by the retired English golden girl and Australia's Anna Meares.

The 21-year-old Welsh cyclist James edged out Germany's Kristina Vogel in the final, making the most of the absence of the now-retired Pendleton and Olympic champion Meares, the duo who had shared all the major titles since 2007.

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