Meares comes back strong to win
(AUS) started last in front of the home crowd. Meares, proudly wore the
world championship jersey but kept the crowd on their toes during the
ride. For 80% of the ride, Meares was running second behind Sandie Claire
(FRA) who set the fastest time, Riding in the final pairing, the reigning
World and Commonwealth champion Meares, was one tenth of a second behind
France’s Sandie Clair’s for first 375 metres. She rallied over the
last half lap in front of the parochial crowd, crossing the line in
33.593seconds to take gold.
Clair held on
to take the silver medal in a time of 33.667seconds, with Hong Kong’s
Wai Sze Lee taking bronze with 33.939seconds.
Anna Meares (AUS) gave it everything to win the 500 Time Trial, “Yeah
that hurt,” said Meares, after the win.
“Near the end, your legs are burning and screaming at you to stop, the
lactic acid makes your legs blow up to twice the size. So I just pulled a
bit harder on the bars and rolled the hips a bit more and I got there in the
end,” added Meares.
Meares was asked if she realised she was down on Clair, “It’s a
funny event, you don’t really know you are down until you get off the bike
and people go oh, that was close. “I actually thought that Claire and Lee
would really throw down a great challenge, and by the sounds of it I only
just got it.”
Physically and mentally drained from her gold medal effort the previous
night, Meares was still happy given her recent training focus on sprinting
efforts. “I woke up this morning and felt like I had been hit
by a bus, as I was quite gee’d up from winning the sprint,” Meares
explained. “So after the keirin heat this morning, I went for a nap
and ending up sleeping for two and a half hours and felt really good in warm
up. Given my preparation of late has been has been on the rolling work, the
standing starts have suffered a bit, but today the back end saved me.
“But it is close to the time I rode this time last year, would have hoped
for a little quicker, but I can only get out of myself what I am capable of.
I know what I need to work on for worlds now,” she added.
Despite the women’s time trial no longer being on the Olympic program,
Meares’ still has a soft spot for her pet event. “With it
being dropped from the Olympic program, a lot of women no longer focus on
getting this event perfect. “But I understand that logic, but in my book a
world title is a world title, regardless of whether it is an Olympic
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