James returns with star status

Becky James won four medals in total at the World Championships

Becky James won four medals in total at the World Championships

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Becky James returned home from Minsk a double world champion and the new star of the Great Britain track cycling team.

The 21-year-old from Abergavenny won the women's sprint and Keirin within 24 hours to become the first Briton to win four medals at a single Track Cycling World Championships.

"It's going to take a good week for it to sink in, or two weeks, or a month," said James, who plans to have a holiday and spend time with her family and her boyfriend, Wales rugby union wing George North, before resuming training.

"I just need someone to pinch me and tell me if it's really happening to me. I feel like it's a complete dream apart from the pain in my legs.

"Two gold medals. I'm just absolutely over the moon."

Britain defied a London 2012 hangover to finish top of the medal table with five gold medals, with James finishing with the same medal haul as fourth-placed France, having won two bronze medals in the opening two days of competition.

The World Championships took place without two of the great female sprinters - the now retired Victoria Pendleton and Australia's Anna Meares, who is taking a sabbatical - with James filling the void.

James has only belatedly recovered her form after appendicitis and an Achilles injury which meant she was not in contention for London 2012.

And in hindsight, she admits missing the Games was a blessing, saying: "I'm reaping the benefits now."

Britain finished the first World Championships on the road to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with gold medals for the women's team pursuit squad of Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker, Jason Kenny in the men's Keirin and Simon Yates in the men's points race, to go with James' double.

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