At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Pendleton and Varnish
broke the world record in the qualifying stages of the
team sprint before being relegated in the semi-finals.
She recovered to win a gold medal in the keirin.
Pendleton set a new Olympic record of 10.724 seconds in
the qualifiers of the sprint but lost in the final to
Anna Meares, after being controversially relegated in
the first run and being beaten in the second run,
earning a silver medal. This would be Pendleton’s final
competitive race as she retires from professional