Congratulations to Russell-Cooke sponsored Rebecca Romero, who claimed two gold medals in the space of a few days at the World Track Cycling Championships in Manchester recently. Rebecca overpowered Sarah Hammer of the United States to win the women's individual pursuit title (27th March 2008). She clocked a winning time of 3mins 30.501secs to beat the two-time defending American and, in the qualifying rounds, Rebecca set a new British record time of 3mins 29.593secs. Rebecca then went on to claim a second gold medal as part of the British pursuit team (29th March 2008). Given that she has only been cycling professionally for two years makes this an astonishing achievement.
Russell-Cooke have sponsored Rebecca since she started her junior career back in 1996, as a rower! She excelled in her rowing career, winning many titles including a silver medal at the Athens 2004 Olympics in the quadruple sculls. The following year she was part of the British crew that won the 2005 World Championships in the quad sculls in Gifu, Japan.
Her decision to switch sports at the height of her career was a surprise but the firm's belief in her talents as an athlete have been wholly justified. We are immensely proud. Rebecca has now established herself in a dominant British team and is setting her sights on gold at the Beijing Games this summer.