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Australian National Track Championships

Adelaide, South Australia    6 - 11 February 2006   Day 6

Meares beats Meares, Downing misses podium ceremony due to injury

Cycling Australia Website

The women's keirin was exciting as defending champion Anna Meares lined up with sister Kerrie as the two favourites in the field.

Anna attacked with a lap and half to go but Kerrie was ready and waiting to pounce powering around the outside to reel in her sister in the final ten metres.

"I struggle a bit with keirins, trying to understand tactics and getting in the right position and how to get there," said Kerrie. "It's a very stressful event for me and I'm glad that I won the most stressful event in my career."

But unlike Anna who breezed through the first round to qualify for the final Kerrie did it the hard way earning her spot through a second round heat.

"It was probably a good thing that I went through the repechage (second round), because my legs felt like a million dollars afterwards and I knew that I was warmed up and ready for the final," said Kerrie who claimed dual gold at the Manchester Commonwealth Games (sprint and 500m time trial) but missed most of 2004 through injury and has only just begun to regain her form and confidence. "This week's results are very positive and promising.

"I sat there in the middle (of the race) thinking 'what can I do, with a short, sharp jump?' and I had to leave it to the last minute," she said. "I was on Anna's wheel - whoever is on Anna's wheel definitely has a chance."

Anna held on for the silver medal with American Jennie Reed placing third.

Victorian teenager, Tess Downing, rode a brilliant race to claim victory in the U19 women's 20km points race, her third individual gold of the week, but she won't remember crossing the line. During the race Downing and half the field crashed forcing officials to neutralise the race to allow team officials and medical personnel to assess the damage. The race restarted a short time later and Downing continued on her winning way but after her victory both she and team mate Peta Mullens were transported to hospital as a precaution. Another rider involved in the crash Loren Rowney also went to hospital for treatment to her right knee.

Downing missed the presentation ceremony of her gold medal and the announcement awarding her the Champion of Champions title for her outstanding performances during the week. She won the scratch race, points race and keirin and claimed silver in the individual pursuit.

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Results

Keirin

Place Name Affiliation
1 Kerrie MEARES QLD
2 Anna MEARES QLD
3 Jennie REED USA
     
4 Kristine BAYLEY WA
5 Rahna DEMARTE VIC
6 Elizabeth GEORGOURAS NSW
     
    Time:  12.559

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U19 Keirin

Place Name Affiliation
1 Tess DOWNING VIC
2 Josephine BUTLER WA
3 Kaarle McCULLOCH NSW
     
4 Samsiah RICE WA
5 Jessica HUME NSW
6 Josephine TOMIC WA
7 Kira MASON SA
     
    Time:  12.865

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U19 Points

Place Name Affiliation Points
1 Tess DOWNING VIC 23
2 Josephine TOMIC WA 19
3 Courtney LE LAY QLD 15
       
4 Peta MULLENS VIC 11
5 Jessica HUME NSW 9
6 Grace SULZBERGER TAS 5
7 Carlee TAYLOR SA 1
8 Tiffany CROMWELL SA 0
9 Therese RHODES SA 0
10 Laura MEISEL-DENNIS ACT 0
11 Kylie HANSEN WA 0
12 Rebecca MACPHERSON WA -20
DNF Loren ROWNEY QLD DNF
DNF Kira MASON SA DNF
DNF Josephine BUTLER WA DNF
       
      Time:  26'59

 

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