Australian National Track Championships
Cycling Australia media release
Dunc Gray Velodrome, Sydney - 500m TT
Anna Meares, 23, has cruised to gold in the 500m time trial to reclaim her crown and notch up her 14th elite Australian Title on the opening day of competition at the Australian Track Cycling Championships in Sydney.
The last time Meares raced the 500m time trial at Sydney's Dunc Gray Velodrome was at last year's World Cup in November where she lowered the world mark she set to win gold at the Athens Olympic Game. Click here to see WomensCycling.net coverage of the World Record ride
Tonight Meares, who who missed the event last year due to injury, was the last to start and was on song from the first pedal stroke stopping the clock at 34.542sec.
Her time was one second faster than defending champion, Kristine Bayley, 23, (WA) who rode 35.548 with Sydney's Kaarle McCulloch, 19, claiming bronze in a time of 35.650 in her first year in the senior ranks.
In the other final of the night West Australian Josephine Butler won the gold medal in the U19 500m time trial in a time of 36.949sec ahead of Queensland's Philippa Hindmarsh (37.007) and Stephanie Morton (37.726) of South Australia.
"I really wanted to get the title back because the 500 is my pet event and my favourite so it was hard for me to sit it out last year," said Meares. "So it was extra special to win it back and be able to say the only ones I've lost are the ones I didn't compete in."
Meares has also sounded a warning to the rest of the women lining up in the Championships that she wants to take home gold in every event she contests.
"I want to add (win) all of them," she said of her plans to dominate the sprint, teams sprint and keirin events in coming days. "I want to go home with a clean sweep and I know it's going to be really tough but I'm going to give it a good try."
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