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World Track Championships 2010

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500m TT- Anna Meares regains World title

Race Writeup

Anna Meares (AUS) proved she was the quickest sprinter on the boards today, winning the 500m TT, in a personal best time. Meares took just over 2/100th off her previous best time to win in a time of 33.381 seconds. The 2009 winner and World Record holder Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) started strongly, but could not hold her speed to the line, finishing just behind Meares in a time of 33.462 seconds. The Belarusian Olga Panarina (BLR) set the fastest time early on, 33.779 seconds but it was not enough to win anything but Bronze. 

The top sprinters in the world were in Copenhagen, the track was fast and despite the near freezing temperatures outside, the inside was very warm. Half way through the competition, Panarina set the fastest time and it was down to Meares and Krupeckaite to beat her. 

Meares was up first and set the fastest 250m in a time of 18.846 seconds, she held her speed to the line. It was an anxious wait for Meares. Krupeckaite was fastest over the first 100m but slowed at 250m. 

Meares will compete in all of the sprint competitions over the next few days of competition.

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Post Race Comments

Anna Meares (AUS) achieved a personal best time and rode very close to the World Record time."I'm very thrilled with that time and that ride. It was always going to be tough against Simona being the world record holder and having claimed the world title last year in Poland. When I crossed that line and knew that she was yet to come I thought 33.3 is a great time and I'm really happy with that but not sure if that was going to be enough. It was so tight, right down to the wire with that and I'm so pleased.  

My Nan passed away two weeks ago (Olive Meares - her father's mother) and my husband Mark's Grandpa passed away two days ago (Dave 'Poppy' Chippendale) so a bit of extra spirit on the shoulders tonight," said Meares.

Meares was asked how important to get that one back, "Very important. You know it's my pet event, the one I enjoy the most. It seems to suits me, only person on the track,  knuckle down, only person to race is the clock and I just love getting in that focus zone and being so determined to hurt myself and to come away with such a great performance, I'm so happy," she added.

Asked what were you thinking when Simona was riding , Meares reflected , "She ran an 18.9 lap and with the strength of Simona she actually comes home harder in the second lap than she does in the first lap and I thought that I was in quite significant trouble and didn't have enough lead over her in the first lap.  You know it was a little bit unlike her not to come home as strong as she normally does but credit to her she's a phenomenal rider and for me to beat her I feel so privileged."

Meares is competing in all of the sprint events this week, "Busy program, all four races, and off to the perfect start for me and I'm really looking forward to the team sprint tomorrow with Kaarle and trying to regain that world title and hanging onto it for two years running for Australia and if I can add another rainbow (jersey) it would be perfect," said Meares.

Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) was very happy with her silver medal, " I am pleased to get a medal," she said. 

Olga Panarina (BLR) was extremely happy with her Bronze medal. "I was eight last year and I really wanted this medal. We have not had a medal since 2008 and it was important to show that we have another sprinter and I am improving," said Panarina.

Kaarle McCulloch (AUS) was a little disappointed with her 6th place finish but optimistic about her form for the rest of the championships. "I would have liked to have done a personal best time, but you are only as good as you can be on the night. I always start a little slow on the first day of competition and get better as the days go on. Anna and I will be defending our Team Sprint title tomorrow night and I know that I have good form for the Sprints and Keirin," said McCulloch.

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Results  

Position Name Country Time Km/Hr
1 MEARES Anna AUS 33.381 53.922
2 KRUPECKAITE Simona LTU 33.462 53.792
3 PANARINA Olga BLR 33.779 53.287
4 KANIS Willy NED 33.801 53.252
5 CLAIR Sandie FRA 33.992 52.953
6 MCCULLOCH Kaarle AUS 34.349 52.403
7 WELTE Miriam GER 34.407 52.314
8 GONG Jinjie CHN 34.538 52.116
9 GUERRA RODRIGUEZ Lisandra CUB 34.674 51.912
10 LIN Junhong CHN 34.803 51.719
11 LEE Wai Sze HKG 34.974 51.466
12 VARNISH Jessica GBR 34.992 51.44
13 CUEFF Virginie FRA 35.017 51.403
14 SULLIVAN Monique CAN 35.334 50.942
15 HIJGENAAR Yvonne NED 35.418 50.821
16 JAMES Rebecca Angharad GBR 35.515 50.682
17 STRELTSOVA Olga RUS 35.601 50.56
18 GAIVENYTE Gintare LTU 35.603 50.557
19 CASAS ROIGE Helena ESP 35.778 50.31
20 DABROWSKA Renata POL 35.864 50.189
21 FRISONI Elisa ITA 36.255 49.648

 

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