Women’s track sprint final: Anna Meares vs Victoria Pendleton – live blog
Australia's Anna Meares takes on Britain's Victoria Pendleton for gold (AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN)
It is the event that will stop two countries. Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton clash in the women’s track sprint finals. Join us for live coverage of the event from midnight (AEST).
While both Meares and Pendleton have already won medals at the London Olympic Games winning this one would be extra sweet.
This event is the one that started a massive rivalry when a Pendleton crash caused by an Anna Meares accidental touch saw Meares accused of reckless riding.
Since they met in Beijing, Pendleton has gained the upper hand in this event while Meares established herself as the Keirin champion.
However, Pendleton upset Meares in the Keirin a few days ago with a dominant display in front of a parochial home crowd.
Will this give Meares hope that favouritism means nothing?
We will see but before they meet in the final, both have to win their Semi Finals.
Pendleton is up first when she takes on German sprinter Kristina Vogel first up at Midnight.
Vogel is in her debut Olympics and will be looking to give her all which makes her a dangerous prospect.
Vogel finished 11th in the Keirin and also helped Germany to a Gold Medal in that remarkable Women’s team sprint final.
While I expect Pendleton to get through, Vogel is not to be taken lightly.
In the other Semi, Meares faces Beijing Bronze Medallist Shauang Guo.
These two have history as Guo was supposed to face Pendleton in the Beijing Olympic final but was disqualified for allegedly pushing Anna Meares.
While Meares will start as the favourite, Guo is not to be ruled out of making an upset.
Guo is an Asian Games champion in this event and she also is a multiple UCI World Cup winner in this event.
It will be a close semi with the winner a good chance of taking Gold.
I hope you are looking forward to this event as much as I am. See you at Midnight for coverage of the Women’s Track Sprint Live from London.
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