Pendleton can't wait to get going on the track

Aug. 07, 2008, 9:22 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Women's sprint favorite Victoria Pendleton can't wait to get started in the velodrome.

"Everyone just wants to get racing," the British cyclist told The Associated Press during training Thursday. "We're tired of waiting."

Pendleton said she has overcome a knee injury and will be ready to fight for the Olympic gold.

"Training is going really well. I couldn't ask for more," she said.

Pendleton, 27, has six world championship golds to her name but has yet to take an Olympic medal. Of the three events at which she is or has been world champion, only the sprint is an Olympic event, so she will only have one chance for glory.

The British double world champion is, however, the hot favorite.

The British have high expectations of their cyclists. Of the 10 Olympic track events, Britain has the world champion in seven. Meanwhile, Shanaze Reade, a double world champion with Pendleton in the team sprint - not an Olympic event - is aiming for gold in the newly introduced BMX event.

"Everyone seems to be going really well. I think morale is really good in the team," Pendleton said.

The track cycling starts on Aug. 15 and runs until Aug. 19. The sprint medals will be the last to be decided.

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