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Encyclopedia > Anna Meares

Anna Meares (born September 21, 1983 in Blackwater Queensland) is an Australian cyclist.


During the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, she won a gold medal, and set a new world record in the Women's 500 metre time trial of 33.952 seconds. Meares had to beat a new Olympic record set just minutes previously by the reigning World Record holder, Yonghua Jiang of China. (See Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics)


Meares also won a bronze medal in the Women's 200m Sprint event in Athens.


In May 2004 at the Time Trial World Titles in Melbourne Meares claimed the title of Women's World time trial champion, and won a silver for the sprint event. Also claimed first in the 2004 World Cup Time Trial in Sydney.


In 2002 Anna Meares narrowly missed a bronze medal in the inaugural inclusion of the 500 metre time trial at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, while her older sister, Kerrie Meares won the gold medal in the event. She won a bronze medal in the sprint.


In 2001 Anna Meares was awarded the Australian Junior Women's Track Cyclist of the Year.


Anna Meares started Competitive Cycling at the age of 11 in 1994, folowing her older sister Kerrie Meares into the sport. The family were inspired to take up competitive cycling by Kathy Watt winning a cycling gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. With the family living in the small Queensland coal-mining town of Middlemount, it was more than two hours drive to the nearest cycling track at Mackay for the girls to train.


See also

External link

  • Anna Meares Profile - Australian Cycling Federation (http://www.cycling.org.au/Content/NavigationMenu/H_P_/Rider_Profiles/Female_Riders/Anna_Meares.htm)





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Anna Meares at AllExperts (336 words)
Anna Meares (born September 21, 1983 in Blackwater Queensland) is an Australian cyclist.
In 2002 Anna Meares narrowly missed a bronze medal in the inaugural inclusion of the 500 metre time trial at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, while her older sister, Kerrie Meares won the gold medal in the event.
Anna Meares started Competitive Cycling at the age of 11 in 1994, following her older sister Kerrie Meares into the sport.
Mum, dad toasted Anna's win with 'couple of tinnies' - Cycling - (657 words)
As cyclist Anna Meares was riding the race of her life at the Athens Olympics, her parents were watching their daughter on a tiny, portable television half a world away.
Meares was the last rider and, despite the immense pressure, she finished the 500m in 33.952s - a world record.
Meares was inspired to ride after watching champion cyclist Kathy Watts, and her first Olympic memory was in 1996, when swimmer Kieren Perkins won the 1500m at Atlanta.
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