James takes sprint gold
Becky James used the London 2012 Olympics as inspiration before claiming her first Track Cycling World Championships title on day four in Minsk.
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The 21-year-old from Abergavenny won Great Britain's fourth gold of the first World Championships on the road to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics of 2016, succeeding Victoria Pendleton as women's sprint champion.
Appendicitis and an Achilles injury hampered James in Olympic year, meaning she was only a spectating reserve for the home Games.
Now illness and injury free, James travelled to Belarus in the form of her life and has proved her undoubted potential with three medals so far. A fourth is possible on the fifth and final day of competition in the women's keirin.
Overjoyed following her unexpected triumph after coming from behind to win the best-of-three final 2-1 against Kristina Vogel of Germany, James shared her success with her grandparents, Kathleen and Ioan James.
"It's just not sinking in," said James, who won team sprint and 500metres time-trial bronze medals in the opening two days.
"I had targets in my head; I wanted to get top eight in everything. But to be standing on that podium tonight, it's such a good feeling. I'm just taking it all in.
"It's been a tough few years, especially last year with illness and injuries.
"It was hard when the Olympics were on, but it just gave me more motivation seeing people winning - it makes me want to be up there winning as well.
"I'm just so glad I kept at it, kept up the training and trained hard in the past year."
James qualified fastest and made serene progress to the last four before beating Guo Shuang of China in her semi-final 2-0 on Saturday afternoon to advance to the final. Hong Kong's Lee Wai Sze claimed bronze with a 2-0 defeat of Guo.
Vogel, Olympic champion in the team sprint, was awarded victory in the opening bout after a photo finish, but thereafter James had too much speed for her opponent.
James, girlfriend of rugby union wing George North, was unaware of Wales' win in Italy prior to her final, concentrating merely on the task in hand.
"I didn't think about it being Vogel that I was riding against," said James, who paid tribute to the tactical instruction given by her coach, Jan van Eijden.
"I've never beaten her before and if I think about the rider too much it messes with my head.
"I just thought of it being another race, I didn't think about it being a World Championships, just that I wanted to win.
"I stayed really calm, went up, did my thing and came away with a gold medal."
The first World Championships on the road to Rio are taking place without the now retired Pendleton, six times the world sprint champion, and Australia's Anna Meares, the Olympic champion, who is taking a sabbatical.
James won two junior world titles in 2009 and is Britain's heir apparent to Pendleton, who won her first world sprint title in 2005, aged 24. She added victories in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
Aged 18, Wales' James won Commonwealth Games silver behind Meares in 2010, and she is now belatedly realising her potential.
Three times Pendleton won three medals at World Championships, most recently in 2009, but never did she win four.
The comparisons with Pendleton are inevitable, but James is focused only on herself.
She said: "I'll knuckle down with the training and just come back next year hopefully with some good form again."
Olympic champion Jason Kenny missed out on a medal in the corresponding men's event, losing his quarter-final to Sam Webster of New Zealand 2-0.
The 24-year-old from Bolton, who won the men's Keirin on day three, qualified seventh, but was unable to advance to the day five semi-finals, finishing seventh overall.
"There's not a lot more I could've done," Kenny said.
"There's just no firepower in the legs at the minute. I got stuck in, gave it my best shot, but I'm a little bit disappointed with the lack of speed I've turned up with this year.
"It was amazing to win the keirin yesterday, a dream come true.
"I'll get my head down and try to work hard and make sure next year I can win a few more."
At the halfway stage of the women's omnium, defending champion and Olympic gold medal winner Laura Trott lies third behind London 2012 silver medallist Sarah Hammer of the United States.
Trott was third in the opening discipline, the flying lap, 10th in the points race and claimed her seemingly routine victory in the elimination race, a discipline she has mastered.
The 20-year-old, girlfriend of Kenny, sits five points behind Hammer, who has nine points, with three events remaining and faces a fight to retain the world champion's rainbow jersey.
Poland's Katarzyna Pawlowska is second on 11 points.
In the corresponding men's event, Jon Dibben finished eighth overall as Aaron Gate of New Zealand won gold.
Olympic champion Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark was second, with defending champion Glenn O'Shea of Australia third.
Dani King was eighth and Caroline Ryan of Ireland 13th as Jarmila Machacova of the Czech Republic won gold in the women's points race.
James and Trott's bid for medals headlines the final day, while men's points race champion Simon Yates combines with Owain Doull in the madison.