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Profile: Becky James

Winner announcement: Monday evening, 6 December on BBC Wales radio, online and television, with review of the sporting year at later date.

2010 proved the breakthrough year for Wales' rising teenage cycling sensation Becky James.

Becky James
The two-time junior world champion proved one of the stars of the Commonwealth Games, returning home with two medals

The two-time junior world champion, who turns 19 on 29 November, proved one of the stars of the Commonwealth Games, returning home with two medals.

The Abergavenny rider opened up with Wales' second medal in a strong start for the team in Delhi, a bronze in the 500m time-trial.

James powered to a lifetime best of 35.236 to push experienced Australians Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch to the podium spots.

Even better was to come in the sprint, as James upset the formbook to beat McCulloch in the semi-final.

That set up a best-of-three race for gold in the final against former Olympic gold medallist Meares.

The 27-year-old Australian won the first race, but James headed out the second and seemed destined for a famous victory.

The Welsh youngster was hauled back on the line, though, losing out by the narrowest of margins as Meares picked up her third Delhi gold.

James had to be content with silver, but was warmly praised by her Australian rival afterwards, Meares joining Great Britain golden girl Victoria Pendleton on the teenager's list of fans.

With James now a full-time fixture on the British Cycling programme, she is established as a team-mate and rival to the likes of Pendleton, Shanaze Reede and Jess Varnish in the race to London 2012.

see also
BBC Wales Sports Personality 2010
04 Dec 10 |  Wales
Profile: Gareth Bale
29 Nov 10 |  Wales
Profile: Jazz Carlin
29 Nov 10 |  Wales
Profile: Nathan Cleverly
29 Nov 10 |  Wales
Profile: Dai Greene
29 Nov 10 |  Wales
Profile: Robert Weale
29 Nov 10 |  Wales
Wales praised for 19-medal haul
14 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games
James wins silver as Aussies rule
07 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games

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