Meares tussles with Belarus contender
? BORDEAUX, France ? Australia's Commonwealth Games golden girls Anna Meares and Katie Mactier were forced to settle for minor medals on the opening night of the world track cycling championships in Bordeaux, France last night.
Olympic champion and world record holder Meares again met her match in Natallia Tsylinskaya of Belarus in the 500m time trial.
Tsylinskaya retained the title she won in Los Angeles last year with Meares again taking the silver.
Tsylinskaya has dominated the time trial since 2002, only missing 2004 when Meares took the win, and she finished in 34.152 seconds to win while Meares clocked 34.352. The silver medal was Australia's best on the opening night, with favourite Mactier relinquishing her world title as she took bronze in the pursuit and the men's sprint team also claiming a bronze.
Meares, who will also come up against 30-year-old Tsylinskaya in the women's sprint, said she was getting used to battling the Belarussian.
"It seems like I'm having a little tussle with her every year,'' Meares said. "But I think it's good for women's sprinting having that competition there.