Meares warm-up for Games campaign
ADELAIDE ? Anna and Kerrie Meares showed last night the fastest sister act in Australia is poised for a successful Commonwealth Games cycling campaign.
Anna won her third-straight sprint title at the national track championships, beating Kerrie two heats to one in a pulsating final at the Adelaide Superdrome.
Kerrie won the first heat with a withering burst of speed, but her younger sister quickly recovered to take out the next two.
That prompted the following post-race exchange.
Kerrie: "I always win the first round and lose the next two. Anna: "She fires me up when she beats me in the first round. Kerrie: "I might lose the first round and she'll think she's on top of me.'' The Meareses have won every open sprint title since 2001, with Kerrie taking the previous three. Their entertaining final even featured the now-rare track stand, with Anna literally stopping and using her all her strength in the third heat to keep the bike balanced as she tried to force Kerrie into a false move.
But Kerrie held her position and looked to have the upper hand when she skilfully dived under Anna to take the lead at the start of the last lap.
Anna unleashed her own fearsome speed to overhaul Kerrie on the home straight.
Anna passed up the 500m time trial earlier this week as she nurses a back injury, but last night showed her pre-Games form is extremely strong.
In today's racing, Rockhampton's Jeremy Hogg defends his under-19 men's keirin title and Anouska Edwards contests the elite women's 25km points race.
Fellow Rockhampton Cycling Club riders Miles Olman and Grant Irwin will lead Queensland in the elite men's team sprint.