Anna defeats world best in first run back

CYCLING: Rockhampton’s Olympic silver medallist and former world record holder, Anna Meares, has maintained her legacy in the UCI Track World Cup in Manchester on the weekend.

Meares has beaten Olympic and world champion Victoria Pendleton in the 500m time trial at the championships when she clocked 33.632 seconds.

The time beat her rival Pendleton (33.838 seconds) for the gold, followed by Dutch rider Willy Kanis at 33.984 seconds in third.

Meares stepped out for her first international competition since the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

“It’s nice to get a good ride as it’s been a while since I’ve raced internationally,” she said.

“I’m really happy and the more this tournament has moved on the more comfortable I’ve been getting.”

The 26-year-old joined Sydney rider Kaarle McCulloch for the team sprint where the pair claimed gold.

Meares was the only rider in the team sprint to post a sub-19 second first lap at 18.754 seconds, which allowed McCulloch to secure the win clocking a final time of 33.653 seconds.

It was a half a second better than the Dutch who clocked in tightly at 34.014 seconds.

Germany beat Great Britain for bronze.

“It’s been great but I’ve done a lot of work to get here,” Meares said. “I wanted to start the season well and I’ve done that for sure.”

West Australian’s Josephine Tomic missed out on the gold against Britain’s Wendy Houvenhagel in the 3km individual pursuit.

Houvenhagel picked up silver at 3 minutes and 10.800 seconds.

Victoria’s Shane Perkins picked up the bronze in the men’s sprint behind British rider Jason Kenny.

The second round of the Track World Cup will be in Melbourne, November 19-21.



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