Meares sisters look to medals
FORMER Gracemere track cycling champions, sisters Anna and Kerrie Meares, have just two colours of medals firmly on their minds ? gold and silver.
That's all they can ride for.
Anna and Kerrie, both in Australia's track cycling team for the Commonwealth Games starting in Melbourne tonight, were still frustrated yesterday after news that only the top two placegetters in the women's 500m time trial and sprint would receive a medal.
Preparing for her second Commonwealth Games, Anna said it was really disappointing.
"It's the Commonwealth Games for crying out loud ? if there are three people there should be three medals,'' Anna said.
Six represented countries equals three coloured medals.
Australia, New Zealand, England and Scotland are the only represented countries to date, but talks are continuing with Canada and Malaysia to possibly provide starters and a shot at a bronze.
"It would be disappointing to finish third and come away with nothing,'' Anna said.
Kerrie remembers similar problems at Manchester four years ago, but she still knows she is among the "cream of the crop'' in women's track cycling.
"You train for years for these events, it would be nice to bring something home from all that hard training and sacrifices,'' Kerrie said.
The Meares sisters will skip tonight's opening ceremony before hitting the track in the 500m time trial tomorrow evening.
Relaxing is the name of the game to take their minds off the racing ? Anna will spend her time training, and painting her nails with Australian flags.