Meares does it again with Australian keirin title

'Turbo Durbo' breaks through for maiden elite national individual title

There were a few nervous moments for Anna Meares before the 27-year-old collected her fourth Australian keirin title.

"I let Kaarle [McCulloch] and Holly [Williams] get in front of me and I thought this is going to be nice because I honestly thought the speed was going to roll quicker and quicker as the race progressed," a relieved Meares explained after the race.

"But it slowed down slightly and I got myself caught underneath Holly's wheel which gave the opportunity for Apryl [Eppinger] and Steph Morton to come around the outside as well.

"Going in with one and a half laps to go from fifth wheel that's not opportune at any time in the keirin."

Heading into the final bend before the bell lap, there was a slight collision between Eppinger's and Morton's wheel allowing Meares a small window of opportunity to escape her unfortunate position, and she took it.

"I used the banking as much as I could coming into the bell and I knew I just had to flat foot it and give it everything I could," Meares recounted. "I got there in the end but I was starting to really panic at one stage."

Meares, in a time of 11.713 finished ahead of Morton and Williams who edged out McCulloch for bronze.

Tomic leads Western Australia to women's 3000m pursuit All Comer's record

The pace was well and truly on in the women's 3000m pursuit final with the girls from Western Australia claiming gold ahead of Tasmania.

Neither team was lacking talent – Western Australia lead out by Josephine Tomic with Melissa Hoskins, and Isabella King while Tasmania boasted Amy Cure, Georgia Baker and Emma Lawson.

The West Australians had already set a new Australian record time of 3:25.425 in the afternoon session but in a fabulous display of pace caught up to their Tasmanian rivals with just over two laps to go, finishing strongly for a new All Comers record of 3:21.427. Today's time improved on that set by Tomic, Sarah Kent (WA) and Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSW) to win the World Championship in Denmark last year by three tenths of a second. Even more remarkable than the continuous improvement in the time was the fact that it was just .09 of a second off the world record, held by the United States.

Tomic, a member of Australia's world champion team pursuit praised her teammates, especially Isabella King who was filling in for an ill Sarah Kent.

"We've clearly got a very strong crop of young girls coming through in WA at the moment," Tomic said. "We lost Sarah [Kent] who was one of our stronger ones and replaced her with ‘Bella and we still did what is very much a world class time. Things are looking really good for the worlds.

"I had no idea what time we were on ... it was a bit of a surprise but I knew after the first lap that I was spending a lot so we must have been going pretty fast."

'Turbo Durbo' breaks through for maiden elite national individual title

Anyone watching the men's 40km points race final was kept in suspense right up until the final lap of the 160 lap distance when Western Australia's Luke Durbridge claimed his first individual elite title by six one hundredths of a second ahead of South Australian Glenn O'Shea.

"I'm stoked to get the win on the last event of the week," Durbridge said. "It was a fantastic feeling."

There was some confusion for the man who's become known as ‘turbo Durbo' with the 19-year-old under the impression he was three points ahead of O'Shea heading into the last lap when he was only up by two.

"I'm glad I avoided the embarrassment of not winning - thank God for that," he explained. "We'll leave it at that – a win's a win."

Durbridge finished with a total of 66 points ahead of O'Shea's 62 points while Queensland's Michael Hepburn took bronze with 52 points.

Hepburn was the first to lap the field before Durbridge and O'Shea countered twice with the Queenslander attacking later again in the piece.

"Points races are just generally going to be a brutal affair, they're so aggressive and so fast. Plus the calibre of riders that we've got in Australia at the moment means that it's always going to be a hard race."

"You always need to be prepared and it's always the guys who can just save that extra little bit in the first half that are going to win," explained Durbridge. "And I've learnt that today, normally I go a bit too hard too early, but I saved my legs early on and I came out on top which is just a fantastic feeling.

"I had a lot of help from my teammates Steve Hall and Michael Freiberg and I don't think I could have done it without them and I am so glad I could get the result for me and also for them as well."

In the men's under 19 keirin final, Victoria's Emerson Harwood was disqualified after he edged ahead of the derny forcing a re-start. New South Welshman Timothy McMillian took the opportunity to stamp his authority the second time around before Victorian Luke Parker took a slight advantage on the bell lap.

McMillan, who took gold in the under 19 sprint on Friday night, showed amazing speed staying high on the track to edge in front of the pack on the last bend to win from Western Australia's Luke Zaccaria and then Parker.

In the men's team sprint, the South Australian team of Matthew Glaetzer, Nathan Corrigan-Martella and James Glasspool set the fastest time in qualifying (45.113) and the backed up that performance to go even quicker in their gold medal race (44.838) against New South Wales (45.437). ACT took the silver medal (45.630) from Western Australia (47.078).

Glaetzer having already collected a bronze medal this week in the sprint was excited by his form.

"I just can't believe the times I am riding these championships and I have never ridden third wheel, apart from when I crashed at under 19 nationals, so it was a very big challenge for me this year," he explained.

"But the team sprint was what we were really after and we knew it would probably be between us and New South Wales as we had heard their form before these championships as they were all flying, so to knock them off, it is a massive effort."

Astute riding from New South Wales' Caleb Ewan wrapped up the men's under 19 25km points race final with four laps remaining. With 44 points, Ewan took gold ahead of Queensland's Nicholas Schulz who claimed the silver medal ahead of South Australia's Miles Scotson on a countback (33 points).

Queensland's Taylah Jennings won gold in the under 19's 7.5km scratch race in a time of 9:47.479 from Alexandra O'Dea and Allison Rice.

"I won the scratch at the Oceanias last year, so I really wanted to win this one," Jennings explained.

It's been a fruitful meet for Jennings who has now won two gold and two silver medals.

"I just like to win, but really I thought I might win one medal, maybe a bronze, but I never expected this," she said.

Full Results

Para Men Tandem 4000m Individual Pursuit Qualification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Mcphee (Aus) SA0:04:27.579 
 Kieran Modra (Aus) SA  
2Bryce Lindores (Aus) QLD0:04:29.003 
 Sean Finning (Aus) VIC  
3Chris Pratley (Aus) WA0:05:21.143 
 Thanh Tu (Aus) WA  
4Jeremy Mcclure (Aus) WA0:05:30.148 
 Joshua Clark (Aus) WA  
Para C3 Women 3000m Individual Pursuit Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
4Morgan Shaw (Aus) WA0:05:05.764 
Para C3 U19 Women 3000m Individual Pursuit Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Simone Kennedy (Aus) NSW0:04:52.409 
Para C4 Women 3000m Individual Pursuit Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Susan Powell (Aus) ACT0:04:07.262 
2Alexandra Green (Aus) NSW0:04:25.437 
Para Women Tandem 3000m Individual Pursuit Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kerry Knowler (Aus) ACT0:03:41.781 
 Brandie O'connor (Aus) ACT  
2Victoria Dilley (Aus) WA0:03:54.444 
 Amanda O'connor (Aus) WA  
Para C1 Men 3000m Individual Pursuit Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gregory Ball (Aus) QLD0:04:20.748 
2Jarrad Langmead (Aus) NSW0:04:36.159 
Para C2 Men 3000m Individual Pursuit Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
 Glen Jarvis (Aus) VIC0:04:39.962 
Para C4 Men 4000m Individual Pursuit Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ryan Hughes (Aus) TAS0:04:58.900 
2Alex Simmons (Aus) NSW0:05:08.957 
Para C5 Men 4000m Individual Pursuit Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Gallagher (Aus) VIC0:04:41.547 
Para Men Tandem 4000m Individual Pursuit Qualification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Mcphee (Aus) SA0:04:27.579 
 Kieran Modra (Aus) SA  
2Bryce Lindores (Aus) QLD0:04:29.003 
 Sean Finning (Aus) VIC  
3Chris Pratley (Aus) WA0:05:21.143 
 Thanh Tu (Aus) WA  
4Jeremy Mcclure (Aus) WA0:05:30.148 
 Joshua Clark (Aus) WA  
Para Men Tandem 4000m Individual Pursuit Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Mcphee (Aus) SA0:04:27.720 
 Kieran Modra (Aus) SA  
2Bryce Lindores (Aus) QLD0:04:32.234 
 Sean Finning (Aus) VIC  
3Chris Pratley (Aus) WA0:05:18.950 
 Thanh Tu (Aus) WA  
4Jeremy Mcclure (Aus) WA0:05:26.581 
 Joshua Clark (Aus) WA  
Open Women 3000m Team Pursuit Qualification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Melissa Hoskins (Aus) WA0:03:25.425 
 Isabella King (Aus) WA  
 Josephine Tomic (Aus) WA  
2Amy Cure (Aus) TAS0:03:34.479 
 Emma Lawson (Aus) TAS  
 Georgia Baker ** (Aus) TAS  
3Taylah Jennings ** (Aus) QLD0:03:37.412 
 Alexandra O'dea ** (Aus) QLD  
 Emily Roper ** (Aus) QLD  
4Annette Edmondson (Aus) SA0:03:38.315 
 Carly Light (Aus) SA  
 Letitia Custance ** (Aus) SA  
#VALUE!
Open Women 3000m Team Pursuit Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Melissa Hoskins (Aus) WA0:03:21.427 
 Isabella King (Aus) WA  
 Josephine Tomic (Aus) WA  
 Emma Lawson (Aus) TAS  
 Georgia Baker ** (Aus) TAS  
3Annette Edmondson (Aus) SA0:03:31.593 
 Carly Light (Aus) SA  
 Letitia Custance ** (Aus) SA  
4Taylah Jennings ** (Aus) QLD0:03:32.310 
 Alexandra O'dea ** (Aus) QLD  
 Emily Roper ** (Aus) QLD  
Elite Men Team Sprint Qualification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nathan Corrigan-Martella (Aus) SA0:00:45.113 
 Matthew Glaetzer (Aus) SA  
 James Glasspool (Aus) SA  
2Mitchell Bullen (Aus) NSW0:00:45.420 
 Peter Lewis (Aus) NSW  
 Andrew Taylor (Aus) NSW  
3Alex Bird (Aus) ACT0:00:46.365 
 Paul Fellows (Aus) ACT  
 Gary Ryan (Aus) ACT  
4Jonathan Bathe (Aus) WA0:00:46.954 
 Scott Sunderland (Aus) WA  
 Alexander Trumble (Aus) WA  
Elite Men Team Sprint Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nathan Corrigan-Martella (Aus) SA0:00:44.838 
 Matthew Glaetzer (Aus) SA  
 James Glasspool (Aus) SA  
2Mitchell Bullen (Aus) NSW0:00:45.437 
 Peter Lewis (Aus) NSW  
 Andrew Taylor (Aus) NSW  
3Alex Bird (Aus) ACT0:00:45.630 
 Paul Fellows (Aus) ACT  
 Gary Ryan (Aus) ACT  
4Jonathan Bathe (Aus) WA0:00:47.078 
 Scott Sunderland (Aus) WA  
 Alexander Trumble (Aus) WA  
Elite Women Keirin Round 1 Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kaarle Mcculloch (Aus) NSW0:00:11.870 
2Stephanie Morton (Aus) SA  
3Holly Williams (Aus) WA  
4Apryl Eppinger (Phi) PHI  
5Catherine Culvenor (Aus) ACT  
Elite Women Keirin Round 1 Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Meares (Aus) SA0:00:11.764 
2Jessica Laws (Aus) VIC  
3Shannon Mccurley (Irl) IRE  
4Cassandra Kell (Aus) NSW  
Elite Women Keirin Round 1 Repechage Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cassandra Kell (Aus) NSW0:00:12.060 
2Stephanie Morton (Aus) SA  
3Shannon Mccurley (Irl) IRE  
4Catherine Culvenor (Aus) ACT  
Elite Women Keirin Round 1 Repechage Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Apryl Eppinger (Phi) PHI0:00:12.320 
2Holly Williams (Aus) WA  
3Jessica Laws (Aus) VIC  
Elite Women Keirin 7 - 12 Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
7Shannon Mccurley (Irl) IRE0:00:12.861 
8Jessica Laws (Aus) VIC  
9Catherine Culvenor (Aus) ACT  
Elite Women Keirin Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Meares (Aus) SA0:00:11.713 
2Stephanie Morton (Aus) SA  
3Holly Williams (Aus) WA  
4Kaarle Mcculloch (Aus) NSW  
5Cassandra Kell (Aus) NSW  
6Apryl Eppinger (Phi) PHI  
Men U19 Keirin Round 1 Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Timothy Mcmillan (Aus) NSW0:00:11.160 
2Luke Zaccaria (Aus) WA  
3Emerson Harwood (Aus) VIC  
4Edward Coad (Aus) SA  
5Mathew Ryan (Aus) NSW  
Men U19 Keirin Round 1 Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaron Gardiner (Aus) VIC0:00:10.840 
2Ben Young (Aus) NSW  
3Luke Parker (Aus) VIC  
4Ben Fergusson (Aus) SA  
5Jack Ward (Aus) WA  
Men U19 Keirin Round 1 Repechage Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Zaccaria (Aus) WA0:00:10.980 
2Luke Parker (Aus) VIC  
3Ben Fergusson (Aus) SA  
4Mathew Ryan (Aus) NSW  
Men U19 Keirin Round 1 Repechage Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Young (Aus) NSW0:00:10.900 
2Emerson Harwood (Aus) VIC  
3Edward Coad (Aus) SA  
4Jack Ward (Aus) WA  
Men U19 Keirin Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Timothy Mcmillan (Aus) NSW0:00:10.820 
2Luke Zaccaria (Aus) WA  
3Luke Parker (Aus) VIC  
4Ben Young (Aus) NSW  
5Jaron Gardiner (Aus) VIC  
DSQEmerson Harwood (Aus) VIC  
Women U19 7.5km Scratch Race Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Taylah Jennings (Aus) QLD0:09:47.000 
2Alexandra O'dea (Aus) QLD  
3Allison Rice (Aus) ACT  
4Georgia Baker (Aus) TAS  
5Stephanie Hansen (Aus) VIC  
6Jessica Allen (Aus) WA  
7Jessica Mundy (Aus) SA  
8Kirsty Mills (Aus) NSW  
9Kayla Salopek (Aus) NSW  
10Lauretta Hanson (Aus) VIC  
11Letitia Custance (Aus) SA  
12Emily Roper (Aus) QLD  
Men U19 25km Points Race Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) NSW44 pts
2Nicholas Schultz (Aus) QLD33 
3Miles Scotson (Aus) SA33 
4Trent Derecourt (Aus) WA26 
5Jackson Law (Aus) NSW16 
6Tirian Mcmanus (Aus) NSW12 
7Jack Cummings (Aus) VIC10 
8Alexander Edmondson (Aus) SA7 
9Alex Clements (Aus) TAS  
DNFMitchell Benson (Aus) WA  
DNFBradley Linfield (Aus) WA  
DNFMichael Astell (Aus) TAS  
DNFEvan Hull (Aus) VIC  
DNFRick Sanders (Aus) VIC  
DNFGeorge Tansley (Aus) SA  
DNFDavid Edwards (Aus) QLD  
DNFJake Mcmahon (Aus) TAS  
DNFJesse Kerrison (Aus) QLD  
Elite Men 40km Points Race Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Durbridge (Aus) WA66 pts
2Glenn O'shea (Aus) SA62 
3Michael Hepburn (Aus) QLD52 
4Sean Finning (Aus) VIC46 
5Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Aus) ACT25 
6Damien Howson (Aus) SA25 
7Jackson-Leigh Rathbone (Aus) NSW21 
8Brent Nelson (Aus) VIC8 
9Stephen Hall (Aus) WA7 
10Aaron Donnelly (Aus) NSW  
11Luke Davison (Aus) NSW  
DNFMichael Freiberg (Aus) WA  
DNFJordan Kerby (Aus) QLD  
DNFLuke Ockerby (Aus) TAS  
DNFEdward Bissaker (Aus) SA  
DNFAaron Jones (Aus) TAS  
DNFMitchell Mulhern (Aus) QLD  
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