LONDON (Reuters) - Briton Victoria Pendleton strolled into the quarter-finals of the individual sprint on Sunday, having beaten her own Olympic record en route to a possible final against arch rival Anna Meares of Australia.
Defending champion Pendleton, also the reigning world champion, beat the mark she had set in Beijing four years ago by clocking 10.724 seconds on the qualifying 200-metre flying lap to clinch top seed.
Meares also impressed, riding in 10.805 to take the second seed, meaning the two riders can only meet in Tuesday's final.
Both smoothly progressed from the 1/8 finals and were joined by usual suspects China's Guo Shuang, Germany's Kristina Vogel and Simona Krupeckaite of Lithuania.
Pendleton, who won the keirin event last Friday, will retire after the Games.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)