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UCI Track World Championships 2011 2011

Date range:
March 23-27, 2011

March 27, Women's Keirin:

Meares sweeps women's sprint events

By:
Laura Weislo
Published:
March 27, 2011, 12:54 BST,
Updated:
March 28, 2011, 1:05 BST

Meares, Sanchez breeze through round 1

Pendleton back in the Keirin by winning her repechage heat

Pendleton back in the Keirin by winning her repechage heat

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Anna Meares took home an historic victory in the women's keirin on the final day of the 2011 track world championships in the Apeldoorn velodrome, topping 500m winner Olga Panarina of Belarus and Clara Sanchez of France in a thrilling finale to the week.

The Australian, who claimed an emotional first individual sprint title the previous night, followed up that performance with a second personal first in the keirin.

The victory made the 27-year-old from Queensland the only woman in history to have world championship titles in all four women's sprint disciplines: the team sprint, 500m time trial, keirin and sprint.

"It's far more than I thought I would ever achieve," Meares said. "My career goal since I was 16 was to win a world title in every discipline and oh my goodness, I've done it! I've finished that goal and that dream today."

But as far as placing herself as the only woman to have met that standard, Meares said, "You have to look at it in the sense that women's sprint cycling is very young. We had the days of the great Félicia Ballanger, who only in the latter part of her career had the sprint and the time trial. Before that it was just the sprint.

"I'm privileged to be racing at a time when it's evolving for women, and hopefully before I leave it will be better."

In the morning's first round, Meares seemingly breezed through her heat while her competitors of the previous night, Victoria Pendleton and Simona Krupeckaite, were forced to go through to repechage after finishing third in their respective heats.

Krupeckaite was eliminated in the repechage, while Pendleton failed to make the gold medal final in round two.

"It was a pointed effort to make sure I only had to do one ride this morning," Meares said. "Even though it was a lot harder than I anticipated, I made sure I made it through on the first one so I could rest."

Sanchez flew through her first two rounds of racing, clearly demonstrating that she had fine form. Panarina had to go through to the final the hardest way, through repechage before round two, where she did just enough to make the gold medal round.

Meares placed herself third behind the motor as the pace wound up in the final, letting Cuba's Lisandra Guerra attack as soon as it pulled off.

But disaster nearly struck them all as Guerra crashed when coming back through the bunch. Luckily, Meares, Guo and the rest were able to avoid her.

"I think that crash from Guerra just kind of shattered everyone up a bit," Meares said. "Guo stopped, I stopped, then I saw Clara moving up on the outside, so I moved quicker than Guo and then jumped her and had to hang on for dear life."

Sanchez had enough left in the tank to get past Guo coming into the final turns, but could not draw even with Meares. She made the critical mistake to let her guard down just before the line, and Panarina blasted through to snatch the silver medal away at the line.

"I tried to accelerate in the end but couldn't make it past Anna. I didn't even see Panarina coming," Sanchez said. "Of course I'm disappointed."

Meares credited her previous night's success with having the mental clarity to perform at such a high level again on the final day of racing.

"My coach said this morning, win lose or draw, just go out and have fun. I was relaxed, I had no pressure on me and I really was enjoying myself.

"The sprint win was an emotional release, a huge relief and it's amazing how light you feel in the shoulders when something like that happens. You can go about your business a bit more relaxed and patient."

Round 1

Round 1 - heat 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kristina Vogel (Germany)    
2 Fatehah Mustapa (Malaysia)    
3 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)    
4 Sandie Clair (France)    
5 Zhao Juan Meng (Hong Kong, China)    
Round 1 - heat 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)    
2 Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)    
3 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)    
4 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)    
5 Diana Maria Garcia Orrego (Colombia)    
6 Aksana Papko (Belarus)    
Round 1 - heat 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Anna Meares (Australia)    
2 Eunmi Park (Korea)    
3 Emily Rosemond (Australia)    
4 Jinjie Gong (People's Republic of China)    
5 Olga Panarina (Belarus)    
6 Lin Junhong (People's Republic of China)    
Round 1 - heat 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Clara Sanchez (France)    
2 Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China)    
3 Kaarle McCulloch (Australia)    
4 Rebecca Angharad James (Great Britain)    
5 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)    
6 Gintare Gaivenyte (Lithuania)    
Round 1 repechage - heat 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Olga Panarina (Belarus)    
2 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)    
3 Rebecca Angharad James (Great Britain)    
4 Aksana Papko (Belarus)    
Round 1 repechage - heat 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)    
2 Jinjie Gong (People's Republic of China)    
3 Diana Maria Garcia Orrego (Colombia)    
Round 1 repechage - heat 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)    
2 Gintare Gaivenyte (Lithuania)    
3 Zhao Juan Meng (Hong Kong, China)    
4 Emily Rosemond (Australia)    
Round 1 repechage - heat 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sandie Clair (France)    
2 Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia)    
3 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)    
4 Lin Junhong (People's Republic of China)    

Round 2

Round 2 - heat 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Clara Sanchez (France)    
2 Shuang Guo (People'S Republic of China)    
3 Olga Panarina (Belarus)    
4 Kristina Vogel (Germany)    
5 Eunmi Park (Korea)    
6 Sandie Clair (France)    
Round 2 - heat 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Anna Meares (Australia)    
2 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)    
3 Fatehah Mustapa (Malaysia)    
4 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)    
5 Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China)    
6 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)    

Final 1st-6th

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Anna Meares (Australia)    
2 Olga Panarina (Belarus)    
3 Clara Sanchez (France)    
4 Shuang Guo (People'S Republic of China)    
5 Fatehah Mustapa (Malaysia)    
6 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)    
Final 7th-12th
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
7 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)    
8 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)    
9 Sandie Clair (France)    
10 Kristina Vogel (Germany)    
11 Eunmi Park (Korea)    
12 Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China)