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Australian National Track Championships

Adelaide, South Australia    6 - 11 February 2006   Day 1

Christine Bayley - 500m Champion - Anna Meares withdraws to rest for sprint

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In the 500 metre women's event the gold was won by Kristine Bayley, sister of dual Athens gold medallist Ryan. The 22 year old from Perth rode close to her personal best time to win the title in a time of 35.882sec. She was two tenths of a second faster than Queensland's Kerrie Meares, the dual Manchester Commonwealth Games champion, who stopped the clock at 36.061sec while 2005 keirin Junior World Champion, Chloe Macpherson, made an impressive senior debut with a bronze medal ride of 36.267sec.

Reigning 500m world record holder and Olympic Champion, Anna Meares, was a late withdrawal from the event opting to concentrate on the sprint and keirin and not risk aggravating a back injury that flared towards the end of last year.

"I was going out there to ride the fastest time I could, hoping for a personal best - I just missed out on that," said Bayley who trains with the Meares sisters as a member of the High Performance Program and "Kerrie is an awesome person to race against and it was good to come out on top.

"It's unbelievable, I've been chasing it for a few years now....it's great. I had tears in the eyes when I found out I had won," she said before scotching any suggestion her victories are fuelled by the fast food diet favoured by her elder brother. "I can't do without it."

Ryan was trackside to cheer her on and thrilled with her win.

"I've been looking forward to seeing my sister achieve what she's set out to do and to win a 500, it's unbelievable for her and I'm really happy," he said. "I'm kind of keeping the tears back....I'm really happy for her."

Earlier in the day 2005 Female Disability Cyclist of the Year, Jane Armstrong, set a World Record in the LC3 500 metre time trial covering the distance in 47.279sec slashing eight tenths of a second of the time set by China's Yuan Li Yuan at the IPC European Championships in the Netherlands last year. The West Australian cyclist now holds both the 500m and the 3km world records for the LC3 division.

The women's U19 500 metre time trial gave NSW another gold for the night with Kaarle McCulloch's win ahead of West Australian Josephine Butler and Courtney Le Lay.

In the remaining multidisability events Angela Fleming won gold in the LC2 women's 500m time trial, Ben Emery and pilot Shaun Hopkins paired for victory in the one kilometre tandem time trial, Lindy Hou and pilot Janelle Lindsay claimed the honours in the women's tandem kilometre, Michael Gallagher won gold in the LC1 men's kilometre, Trent Deacon upstaged world record holder Chris Scott to give Tasmania gold in the CPDiv4 kilometre and West Australians Byron Page and pilot Joshua Yates took home gold in the U19 kilometre event.

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500m TT

Place Name Affiliation Time
1 Kristine BAYLEY WA 35.882
2 Kerrie MEARES QLD 36.061
3 Chloe MACPHERSON QLD 36.267
4 Rahna DEMARTE VIC 36.893
5 Elizabeth GEORGOURAS NSW 36.946
6 Laura McCAUGHEY TAS 37.446
7 Kate SCOTT SA 38.435
8 Jennifer LOUTIT ACT 38.512
9 Theresa CLIFF-RYAN ACT 38.85
10 Sue Ann WOODWISS SA 38.996
11 Jessie MACLEAN ACT 40.764

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Under 19 500m TT

Place Name Affiliation Time
1 Kaarle McCULLOCH NSW 36.702
2 Josephine BUTLER WA 37.938
3 Courtney LE LAY QLD 38.251
4 Samsiah RICE WA 38.298
5 Lisa FRIEND VIC 38.571
6 Loren ROWNEY QLD 39.611
8 Kira MASON SA 40.252
9 Carlee TAYLOR SA 41.16

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Multidisability 500m TT

Event 8 - LC1 Women 500m Time Trial Final  
Place Name   Affiliation Time
1 Claire MCLEAN WA 42.904
Event 9 - LC2 Women 500m Time Trial Final
Place Name   Affiliation Time
1 Angela FLEMING SA 44.38
Event 10 - LC3 Women 500m Time Trial Final
Place Name   Affiliation Time
1 Jane ARMSTRONG WA 47.279
Event 11 - CP4 W19 500m Time Trial Final
Place Name   Affiliation Time
1 Jayme PARIS NSW 48.838


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