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Australian Track Championship 2011

Date range:
January 30 - February 6, 2011
  • Australian Track Championship, Adelaide, AUS, CN
  • Days Expand the race menu
    • Day 1

      Location
      Omnium - Flying Lap, Points Race, Elimination Race
    • Day 2

      Location
      Omnium - Individual Pursuit, Scratch Race, Kilometre/500m TT
    • Day 3

      Start location:
      Men: Individual Pursuit, Men's Sprint, U19 Scratch Race, Kilometre TT
      End location:
      Women: Individual Pursuit, Team Sprint
    • Day 4

      Start location:
      Men: Sprint, U19 Kilometre TT
      End location:
      Women: Sprint, 500m TT, Points Race
    • Day 5

      Start location:
      Men: Sprint final, Team Pursuit, Scratch Race
      End location:
      Women: Sprint final; Para time trials
    • Day 6

      Start location:
      Men: U19 Keirin, Points Race, Team Sprint
      End location:
      Women: Team Pursuit, Keirin, U19 Scratch Race; Para Pursuit
    • Day 7

      Start location:
      Men: Keirin, Madison
      End location:
      Women: U19 Keirin, Scratch Race; Para Sprint

February 04, Day 5: Men: Sprint final, Team Pursuit, Scratch Race - Women: Sprint final; Para time trials

Ruthless Meares regains Australian sprint crown

By:
Jane Aubrey
Published:
February 04, 2011, 11:56 GMT,
Updated:
February 04, 2011, 14:12 GMT

Dennis, Hepburn face off in 4000m pursuit

Victoria took home the Bill Young trophy for their win in the under 19 teams pursuit.

Victoria took home the Bill Young trophy for their win in the under 19 teams pursuit.

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Anna Meares was forced to show her ruthless streak at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Sydney to reclaim her grip on the Australian women's sprint title, a title the 27-year-old hasn't won since 2009.

With Friday’s win over New South Wales' Kaarle McCulloch, Meares has now won gold in the women's sprint five times, having previously won in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009.

Given that Meares and McCulloch are world champions in the team sprint and train together in Adelaide, the final was always going to be a close one. Both cruised through qualifying and the semi finals. When it came to the gold medal showdown, only half a wheel separated them, with Meares ensuring there was no need for a third and final race.

"It was always going to be tough against Kaarle and it's always been in the past but that's what makes it fun for me," Meares explained after her win. "I like a challenge and it's my first national title as a South Australian representative as well so that's very special."

A smiling Meares said that letting McCulloch win was simply not an option.

"There's only been one spot at the Olympics and I've filled that in the past two occasions and I know that I've been what stopped her trying to achieve her goal of going to the Olympics," she said.

"As much as I feel for her when I'm off the track, I can't feel that way when I'm on the track otherwise I'm going to be the one that's losing the races and the shoe's on the other foot. So I'm always as aggressive as possible on the track and I'm always aware of what it feels like to get beat. I've had the pleasure of being number one for a while aside from last year when Kaarle won.”

"I remember when I was coming up and I got beat every race. Michelle Ferris beat me by 50m in one race, Lyndelle Higginson schooled me, Kerrie schooled me - that's the sort of thing that makes you a bit tougher in the long run. I'm hoping that I'm pissing Kaarle off because by the time I retire she's going to be one hard girl to beat."

McCulloch meanwhile was resigned to Meares' current superiority.

"I think I have got to the stage now that I am racing against the best rider in the world who is at the peak of her career, and I am five years away from my peak," she said.

"I got beaten by half a wheel length in both the races today but in a couple more years time, when I get a little bit more strength in my legs, I have no doubt that I could beat Anna. But at the moment, it is not just quite there."

Dennis, Hepburn face off in 4000m pursuit

The final of the men's 4000m team pursuit between a South Australian team featuring world champion Rohan Dennis, and Queensland featuring another member of Australia's world champion team, Michael Hepburn, proved interstate rivalry was alive and well.

Dennis, joined by Alexander Edmondson, Damien Howson and Glenn O'Shea were dominant from the outset of the showdown and were spurred on by their opponent jibes and took the gold in a time of 4:02.389.

"We knew we had to lift," explained Dennis. "Queensland was giving us a bit of stick and a bit of smack talk. We were pretty confident we knew we had to go out faster. I bumped my gear up so I could do a little bit of extra work to help the guys across the line."

With two world champions in the mix, who knew each other's skills back-to-front, extra pressure was on Dennis to ensure his team went home with the title for the second year running.

"I knew he'd [Hepburn]be pretty keen to win the jersey this year and his form is pretty good every year in the team's pursuit so I was a little bit worried before the heats about what sort of turns he'd be pulling." Dennis admitted. "We didn't want to give it up to the Queenslanders – ever really."

In the men's 15km scratch race, New South Wales' Scott Law made a mad dash two laps out from the finish to put an end to West Australian Luke Dubridge's hopes of a maiden gold medal at the 2011 national titles. Western Australia's Stephen Hall claimed silver while South Australia's Glenn O'Shea took bronze.

There was drama in the men's under 19 sprint when Victoria's Luke Parker and the ACT's Nathan Hart collided on turn one in the first heat of their final. Both went down hard, Hart was up straight away, but Parker seemingly okay but took a little longer to recover after a bit of blood was spilt.

Fastest qualifier Hart took the win in a re-started first heat before Parker took the second in a drag race. Hart then pulled out of the decider with cramps giving Parker the overall win.

Victoria's Adele Sylvester claimed the sprint double with her win in the women’s under 19 sprint over Western Australia's Allee Proud, having taken out the 500m time trial on Thursday night.

In the Para kilometre tandem finals, South Australia's Felicity Johnson and pilot Stephanie Morton (1:09.999) set a new Australian record in their gold medal ride and made it back-to-back Australian titles in the event.

Queensland's Paralympic bronze medallist Bryce Lindores and pilot Victoria's Sean Finning (1:06:325) were streaks ahead of their opposition to claim the gold medal in the men's event.
 

Women Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 1 Ride 1
1 Anna Meares (SA) 0:00:12.150  
2 Holly Williams (WA)    
Women Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 1 Ride 2
1 Anna Meares (SA) 0:00:12.389  
2 Holly Williams (WA)    
Women Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 2 Ride 1
1 Kaarle Mcculloch (NSW) 0:00:12.450  
2 Catherine Culvenor (ACT)    
Women Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 2 Ride 2
1 Kaarle Mcculloch (NSW) 0:00:13.031  
2 Catherine Culvenor (ACT)    
Women Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 3 Ride 1
1 Stephanie Morton (SA) 0:00:12.348  
2 Apryl Eppinger (PHI)    
Women Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 3 Ride 2
1 Stephanie Morton (SA) 0:00:12.279  
2 Apryl Eppinger (PHI1)    
Women Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 4 Ride 1
1 Cassandra Kell (NSW)    
DNS Emily Rosemond (QLD)    
Women Sprint 5th - 8th
1 Apryl Eppinger (PHI) 0:00:12.130  
2 Holly Williams (WA)    
3 Catherine Culvenor (ACT)    
Women Sprint Semi Finals Heat 1 Race 1
1 Anna Meares (SA) 0:00:12.032  
2 Cassandra Kell (NSW)    
Women Sprint Semi Finals Heat 1 Race 2
1 Anna Meares (SA) 0:00:11.990  
2 Cassandra Kell (NSW)    
Women Sprint Semi Finals Heat 2 Race 1
1 Kaarle Mcculloch (NSW) 0:00:13.053  
2 Stephanie Morton (SA)    
Women Sprint Semi Finals Heat 2 Race 2
1 Kaarle Mcculloch (NSW) 0:00:13.199  
2 Stephanie Morton (SA)    
Women Sprint Finals 1-2 Race 1
1 Anna Meares (SA) 0:00:12.057  
2 Kaarle Mcculloch (NSW)    
Women Sprint Finals 1-2 Race 2
1 Anna Meares (SA) 0:00:11.873  
2 Kaarle Mcculloch (NSW)    
Women Sprint Finals 3-4 Race 1
1 Cassandra Kell (NSW) 0:00:12.383  
2 Stephanie Morton (SA)    
Women Sprint Finals 3-4 Race 2
1 Cassandra Kell (NSW) 0:00:12.458  
2 Stephanie Morton (SA)    
Women Sprint Final Result
1 Anna Meares (SA)    
2 Kaarle Mcculloch (NSW)    
3 Cassandra Kell (NSW)    
Men U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 1 Race 1
1 Nathan Hart (ACT) 0:00:11.503  
2 Emerson Harwood (VIC)    
Men U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 1 Race 2
1 Nathan Hart (ACT) 0:00:11.832  
2 Emerson Harwood (VIC)    
Men U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 2 Race 1
1 Timothy Mcmillan (NSW) 0:00:11.283  
2 Jacob Schmid (VIC)    
Men U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 2 Race 2
1 Timothy Mcmillan (NSW) 0:00:11.097  
2 Jacob Schmid (VIC)    
Men U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 3 Race 1
1 Luke Parker (VIC) 0:00:11.535  
2 Luke Zaccaria (WA)    
Men U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 3 Race 2
1 Luke Zaccaria (WA) 0:00:10.954  
2 Luke Parker (VIC)    
Men U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 3 Race 3
1 Luke Parker (VIC) 0:00:11.236  
2 Luke Zaccaria (WA)    
Men U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 4 Race 1
1 Jaron Gardiner (VIC) 0:00:11.760  
2 Ben Young (NSW)    
Men U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 4 Race 2
1 Jaron Gardiner (VIC) 0:00:11.178  
2 Ben Young (NSW)    
Men U19 Sprint 5th - 8th
1 Jacob Schmid (VIC) 0:00:11.200  
2 Emerson Harwood (VIC)    
3 Luke Zaccaria (WA)    
4 Ben Young (NSW)    
Men U19 Sprint Semi Finals Heat 1 Race 1
1 Jaron Gardiner (VIC) 0:00:11.280  
2 Nathan Hart (ACT)    
Men U19 Sprint Semi Finals Heat 1 Race 2
1 Jaron Gardiner (VIC) 0:00:11.654  
2 Nathan Hart (ACT)    
Men U19 Sprint Semi Finals Heat 2 Race 1
1 Timothy Mcmillan (NSW) 0:00:11.170  
2 Luke Parker (VIC)    
Men U19 Sprint Semi Finals Heat 2 Race 2
1 Timothy Mcmillan (NSW) 0:00:11.185  
2 Luke Parker (VIC)    
Men U19 Sprint Final 1-2 Ride 1
1 Timothy Mcmillan (NSW) 0:00:11.012  
2 Jaron Gardiner (VIC)    
Men U19 Sprint Final 1-2 Ride 2
1 Timothy Mcmillan (NSW) 0:00:10.987  
2 Jaron Gardiner (VIC)    
Men U19 Sprint Final 3-4 Ride 1
1 Luke Parker (VIC)    
DNS Nathan Hart (ACT)    
Women U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 1 Race 1
1 Adele Sylvester (VIC) 0:00:12.468  
2 Micaela Hogan (NSW)    
Women U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 1 Race 2
1 Adele Sylvester (VIC) 0:00:12.517  
2 Micaela Hogan (NSW)    
Women U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 2 Race 1
1 Imogen Jelbart (VIC) 0:00:13.131  
2 Imogen Hines (NSW)    
Women U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 2 Race 2
1 Imogen Jelbart (VIC) 0:00:13.267  
2 Imogen Hines (NSW)    
Women U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 3 Race 1
1 Rikki Belder (SA) 0:00:12.741  
2 Allee Proud (WA)    
Women U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 3 Race 2
1 Allee Proud (WA) 0:00:13.144  
2 Rikki Belder (SA)    
Women U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 3 Race 3
1 Allee Proud (WA) 0:00:12.921  
2 Rikki Belder (SA)    
Women U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 4 Race 1
1 Caitlin Ward (VIC) 0:00:12.544  
2 Madison Law (NSW)    
Women U19 Sprint Quarter Finals Heat 4 Race 2
1 Caitlin Ward (VIC) 0:00:12.612  
2 Madison Law (NSW)    
Women U19 Sprint 5th - 8th
1 Rikki Belder (SA) 0:00:12.710  
2 Madison Law (NSW)    
3 Imogen Hines (NSW)    
4 Micaela Hogan (NSW)    
Women U19 Sprint Semi Finals Heat 1 Ride 1
1 Adele Sylvester (VIC) 0:00:12.251  
2 Caitlin Ward (VIC)    
Women U19 Sprint Semi Finals Heat 1 Ride 2
1 Adele Sylvester (VIC) 0:00:12.515  
2 Caitlin Ward (VIC)    
Women U19 Sprint Semi Finals Heat 2 Ride 1
1 Allee Proud (WA) 0:00:12.430  
2 Imogen Jelbart (VIC)    
Women U19 Sprint Semi Finals Heat 1 Ride 2
1 Allee Proud (WA) 0:00:12.501  
2 Imogen Jelbart (VIC)    
Women U19 Sprint Final 1-2 Ride 1
1 Adele Sylvester (VIC) 0:00:12.343  
2 Allee Proud (WA)    
Women U19 Sprint Final 1-2 Ride 2
1 Adele Sylvester (VIC) 0:00:12.884  
2 Allee Proud (WA)    
Women U19 Sprint Final 3-4 Ride 1
1 Imogen Jelbart (VIC) 0:00:12.692  
2 Caitlin Ward (VIC)    
Women U19 Sprint Final 3-4 Ride 2
1 Imogen Jelbart (VIC) 0:00:12.585  
2 Caitlin Ward (VIC)    
Men 4000m Team Pursuit Qualification
1 South Australia 0:04:07.000  
  Edward Bissaker    
  Rohan Dennis    
  Damien Howson    
  Glenn O'shea    
2 Queensland 0:04:08.300  
  Michael Hepburn    
  Jordan Kerby    
  Mitchell Mulhern    
  Nicholas Schultz    
3 Western Australia 0:04:09.600  
  Luke Durbridge    
  Michael Freiberg    
  Stephen Hall    
  Glenn Harris    
4 Victoria 0:04:09.900  
  Jack Cummings    
  Evan Hull    
  Alexander Morgan    
  Rick Sanders    
5 New South Wales 0:04:10.100  
  Jack Beckinsale    
  Caleb Ewan    
  Jackson Law    
  Tirian Mcmanus    
6 New South Wales 0:04:13.100  
  Aaron Donnelly    
  Benjamin Harvey    
  Scott Law    
  Jackson-Leigh Rathbone    
7 Western Australia 0:04:14.100  
  Mitchell Benson    
  Trent Derecourt    
  Nicholas Graham-Dawson    
  Bradley Linfield    
8 South Australia 0:04:17.400  
  Alexander Edmondson    
  Robert-Jon Mccarthy    
  Miles Scotson    
  George Tansley    
9 Queensland 0:04:17.400  
  David Edwards    
  Brendan Hill    
  Jesse Kerrison    
  Jordan Toyne    
Men 4000m Team Pursuit Finals 1-2
1 South Australia 0:04:02.400  
  Alexander Edmondson    
  Rohan Dennis    
  Damien Howson    
  Glenn O'shea    
2 Qeensland 0:04:04.900  
  Michael Hepburn    
  Jordan Kerby    
  Mitchell Mulhern    
  Nicholas Schultz    
Men 4000m Team Pursuit Finals 3-4
1 Western Australia 0:04:08.300  
  Luke Durbridge    
  Michael Freiberg    
  Stephen Hall    
  Glenn Harris    
2 Victoria 0:04:11.200  
  Jack Cummings    
  Evan Hull    
  Alexander Morgan    
  Rick Sanders    
Men U19 4000m Team Pursuit Finals
1 Victoria 0:04:11.175  
  Jack Cummings    
  Evan Hull    
  Alexander Morgan    
  Rick Sanders    
2 New South Wales 0:04:06.454  
  Jack Beckinsale    
  Caleb Ewan    
  Jackson Law    
  Tirian Mcmanus    
3 Western Australia 0:04:13.696  
  Mitchell Benson    
  Trent Derecourt    
  Nicholas Graham-Dawson    
  Bradley Linfield    
Men 15Km Scratch Race Final
1 Scott Law (NSW) 0:17:42  
2 Stephen Hall (WA)    
3 Glenn O'shea (SA)    
4 Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT)    
5 Luke Durbridge (WA)    
6 Jackson-Leigh Rathbone (NSW)    
DNF Benjamin Harvey (NSW)    
DNF Edward Bissaker (SA)    
DNF Damien Howson (SA)    
DNF Aaron Jones (TAS)    
DNF Luke Ockerby (TAS)    
DNF Brent Nelson (VIC)    
DNF Michael Freiberg (WA)