Track World Cup Classics 2009-2010
Sprint - Anna Meares sprints to victory
Anna Meares (AUS) put away any concerns about Sprint racing by winning the gold medal at the Melbourne World Cup.
Meares dominated the two races against the powerful Guo (CHN). In the first race, Guo took the front but could not hold Meares off on the final bend.
In the second race, Guo took the front with 100m to go. Meares gave it everything and managed to get over Guo on the line.
In the race for Bronze, Willy Kanis (NED), pushed Kaarle McCulloch (AUS/JAYCO) in the first race. McCulloch forced Kanis high in the second race to give herself some space and it paid off. McCulloch crossed the line clearly ahead of Kanis. In the final match up, MCCulloch took the front for the first lap. MCCulloch pushed Kanis up the banking, however at the bell, Kanis managed to switch inside and win with a clear gap ahead of McCulloch.
Shuang Guo (CHN) took the first of the races against Kaarle McCulloch (AUS?JAYCO)
Olympic silver medallist Anna Meares took the first of the races against Willy Kanis (NED). Meares rounded the final bend to win the second.
Anna Meares (AUS) was very happy with her gold medal ride,
China's Shuang Guo in the gold medal decider and downed her rival in two
straight heats. Guo and Meares have a history after the Chinese rider was
relegated in the semi final of the sprint at the Beijing Olympic Games
after a physical encounter with Meares.
Shuang Guo (CHN) was a little disappointed to have lost in the final but full of praise for the victor. "Anna Meares did a good job. She is very strong, the standard of sprinters is getting so high now, everyone is pushing each other to be better. Especially here in Australia. It's not just Anna [Meares] and Kaarle [McCulloch] but Emily Rosemond now too." said Guo.
Willy Kanis (NED) had to compete against the home country rider Kaarle McCulloch for bronze. It went to three races before Kanis could secure the bronze medal. "That was a very tough race. I am only just starting to get some form back. I need to do a lot more work, then hopefully I will be ready for Worlds," said Kanis.
"The training for this season has been very hard. We had no trainer so we had to look after ourselves for a long time. We tried a few things that did not work, but I think I am starting to get back my form, so I am happy," added Kanis.
In addition to the team sprint, Kanis will be taking part in the team pursuit for some extra track time and possible UCI points.
Kaarle McCulloch (AUS/JAYCO) was a very disappointed not to have a medal for her efforts. "That was a really tough series of races," said McCulloch. "Willy is a tough opponent. I am glad that I managed to take one race off her. I am really happy with my form and I believe i can go much faster," added McCulloch.
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