Injured Anna Meares on sidelines
CYCLING: Doctors’ orders have put Rockhampton’s Olympian Anna Meares out of the Australian track cycling titles and onto the sidelines in Adelaide this week.
After Meares returned home from the World Cup in China, where she won a silver and two bronze medals, doctors diagnosed the fatigued champion with iron deficiency.
The news puts Meares out of the championships with sprinter Shane Perkins and prescribes her a week’s rest.
But Meares wasn’t the only Rockhampton speedster that made the Queensland team.
Local Zac Deller has a history of blitzing records, triumphing at titles and leaving his competitors trailing behind as he seizes championship after championship.
The 16-year-old is growing into Rockhampton’s fastest sprinter and this week he will take it to the next level as he embarks on the Australian track championships at the Superdrome.
Today Deller will race his first event, the under-19 sprint, followed by the under-19 keiren on Friday and the 1000 metre time trial on Sunday.
Coach Ken “Reggie” Tucker said he expected Deller to perform well, particularly in the time trial.
“I think he will go quite well; he won the sprint last year but he has also moved up a grade and it will be a lot tougher,” he said.
Tucker said the “speed merchant” is a sprinter by nature but is also competing for something much bigger.
“He wants to make the junior world team and has been focused on that for a while,” he said.
“It is the first year he is eligible to try for it because you have to be in the under-19s.”
Deller proved his power at the CQUniversity Rockhampton Cup on Wheels last month when he broke the sprint record that was held by Dual-Olympian Ryan Bayley.
The national track titles kicked off yesterday and will wrap up on Sunday.