Jess Varnish claims second medal in the individual sprint

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Jess Varnish eased to a second Commonwealth medal when she defeated Malaysia's Fatehah Mustapa in both races of the women's individual bronze medal sprint at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

Varnish is expected to follow in the footsteps of the retired Victoria Pendleton and go on to become Britain's number one track sprinter on the international stage and after a Commonwealth effort that has seen the 23-year old win two bronze medals in the 500m time trial and the individual sprint, it is clear to see that British women's track sprinting is in pretty good hands for many years to come.


The double medal winner was overwhelming favourite coming into the bronze medal ride against her Malaysian opponent, and she matched that tag in the heat of competition with a dominant display, that left one thinking she still had plenty left in the tank.

Speaking to the BBC after the event, Varnish was clearly happy with her contribution to the team, and on a personal level during the Games, however she was left slightly stunned, like the rest of us, as to the ease that sprinting legend Anna Meares was beaten in the gold medal sprint by her compatriot Stephanie Morton.

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Morton, a silver medalist behind Meares in the 500m time trial, stunned the watching fans in the Velodrome, with a win of comprehensive proportions over the defending champion, denying her a record equaling seventh Commonwealth gold medal.

Jess Varnish in action

Despite Meares' loss, her silver medal ensured she finishes the Games with a total of nine Commonwealth medals in all, surpassing the Australian record previously held by Kathy Watt, as the most decorated cyclist in the Commonwealth Games.

Meares also became the first rider to win medals at four Commonwealth Games.

With the Australian legend approaching the end of her career, the performances of Varnish and Morton, both 23-years of age, gave cycling fans a glimpse of what is to come down the years between the pair.

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