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Ex-coach says Anna will fight back in Rio Olympics in 2016

Anna Meares with her silver medal, posted on her Facebook account yesterday. She wrote "Proud of my silverware tonight. My 8th Commonwealth Medal from 9 starts over 12 yrs"
Anna Meares with her silver medal, posted on her Facebook account yesterday. She wrote "Proud of my silverware tonight. My 8th Commonwealth Medal from 9 starts over 12 yrs"

KEN "Reggie" Tucker is sure Anna Meares will use her second placing in the women's sprint final at the Glasgow Games as motivation for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

He watched on in the early hours yesterday as Central Queensland's cycling champion was trumped by her team-mate Stephanie Morton two-nil in the best-of-three heat final.

Tucker coached Meares in Rockhampton when she was a teenager.

While disappointed for his charge, he was philosophical about the result and was quick to acknowledge the victor.

"I wasn't delighted but you just don't win them all," Tucker said. "Don't take anything away from Morton, she's a good bike rider.

"Never fear, that's not the end of Anna Meares by any means. It will only reinforce her determination. I know the girl."

The silver medal, along with the gold she won in the 500m time trial just two days earlier, makes Meares Australia's most successful female Commonwealth Games cyclist.

She posted on her Facebook page: "Proud of my silverware tonight. My 8th Com- monwealth Medal from 9 starts over 12 yrs."

Tucker and Meares have been texting throughout the competition.

"Earlier in the week I texted her that her performances at the Commonwealth Games are what dreams are made of - flag bearer, captain and first gold medallist for Australia (at Glasgow)," he said.

"She is a very professional competitor. She had a hard climb to the top and it just didn't happen by magic.

"She hopes to finish in Rio and I hope she gets her wish."

Anna Meares with Prince Edward at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, as posted on Facebook by the cycling star
Anna Meares with Prince Edward at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, as posted on Facebook by the cycling star

Topics:  anna meares, glasgow commonwealth games, ken tucker



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