Wales’ North hails girlfriend James

Wales wing George North says cyclist girlfriend Becky James’ hard work paid off after she was crowned double world champion.

James became the

first British rider to win four medals

at a single World Track Cycling Championships in Minsk.

The 21-year-old won the women’s sprint and keirin having won bronze in the team sprint and 500m time trial.

“She was excellent,” said North, who played for

Wales in the 26-9 Six Nations win in Italy.

“She’s had injuries over the last few years and before the Olympics.

“I know that she has worked so hard over the last few months and to have a weekend like that was excellent for her.”

The Abergavenny rider’s success in Minsk came after she missed out on competing in last summer’s Olympic Games.

Double world champion Becky James

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Becky James makes history at Worlds

Injuries and illness hampered her preparations for London 2012 and she was only was a reserve for the women’s team sprint event.

Former world junior sprint champion James

described her four medals as an “absolutely crazy” achievement.

And boyfriend North says James’ success in Minsk has been the talking point amongst his Wales rugby team-mates.

Her success came on a weekend in which Wales secured their second successive away win in the Six Nations with victory over Italy in Rome.

Wales’ captain in Rome, Ryan Jones tweeted:

“so @George_North what’s its like being the second best sports person in your relationship?!” 

But Scarlets player North has taken it all in good humour and said: “Everyone’s coming up to me and there’s a bit of banter flying about. That’s rugby.”

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