Anna bringing home track cycling gold

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    I may not know much about track cycling, but it’s hard not to take notice and get excited when Anna Meares takes the track. Early this morning, Anna once again delivered by winning Gold in the Women’s Sprint.

    Anna Meares went into this event as a definite favorite, but with Guo Shaung (China) and Great Britain’s own Victoria Pendleton wanting so hard to taste Olympic Gold, we knew there was going to be a battle out there on the track.

    As the preliminaries went on, Anna was looking good and it seemed imminent that we would see her in the final, but who would she face?  To make things even more dramatic, it was Great Britain’s Victoria Pendleton who would face off for the Gold with her home country right there behind her.

    Four years ago in Beijing, Meares lost to Pendleton in the semifinals but it wouldn’t happen again this time around. Pendleton was forced to lead and could not gather the speed.  Meares stormed home overtaking the Brit with a commanding performance.

    Meares dug deep winning the Olympic Gold for Australia with a commanding 2-0 victory at the London Velodrome.

    Pendleton took the Silver and plans to retire once the games conclude.  Guo Shuang of China won the Bronze with a 2-0 win over Kristina Vogel of Germany.

    Anna Meares adds Gold to the Bronze she won as part of the Women’s Team Sprint and will be proudly bringing both medals home soon to Australia.

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    • Roar Pro

      August 8th 2012 @ 7:28am
      hardsy said | August 8th 2012 @ 7:28am | ! Report

      Was a fantastic ride by Meares and a great comeback after he disappointing Kieran results. A well earned gold medal for her years of hard work and commitment.

      • Roar Pro

        August 8th 2012 @ 8:33am
        Darryl Kotyk said | August 8th 2012 @ 8:33am | ! Report

        Yes, this one is very deserving. I kind of figured Anna would win it, but you never know what can happen at the Olympics.

    • August 8th 2012 @ 8:46am
      B.A Sports said | August 8th 2012 @ 8:46am | ! Report

      In the future they will replay the post race interview of Anna after she lost in the Kieren and the replays of the post race interviews of our swimmers and they will ask up and coming athletes – “Who do you think overcomes their disapointment to win gold?

      Sure they all want to win, but to me this was never in doubt. Mears has focius and resolve. She has the fierce determination that pushes her that 100th of a second faster. An awesome athlete and competitor and a winner.

      • August 8th 2012 @ 10:24am
        Moses said | August 8th 2012 @ 10:24am | ! Report

        Meares also said after the race that she had been on a total media/social media ban. Perhaps the swimming team could learn from that too.

        • Roar Pro

          August 8th 2012 @ 11:12am
          Darryl Kotyk said | August 8th 2012 @ 11:12am | ! Report

          Yeah, I’m sure staying off social media is a great way to stay focused. Looks like it helped.

      • August 8th 2012 @ 12:04pm
        JVGO said | August 8th 2012 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

        Meares is years older and more experienced than the swimmers. I’d hope Magnussen has a word with Sally and Anna about how to keep focused in the long term and turn silver into gold.

    • August 8th 2012 @ 11:34am
      gah said | August 8th 2012 @ 11:34am | ! Report

      Agree about Meares’ focus and determination. The swimmers could learn alot from Meares and Sally Pearson. Both had enormous expectations but where not bragging or crapping on on twitter. Perhaps the team environment was just plain wrong for the swimmers at these games.

    • August 8th 2012 @ 12:02pm
      JVGO said | August 8th 2012 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

      Thank god. We now have Kazakstan in sight on the medal table. Go team.

    • August 8th 2012 @ 12:35pm
      Heidi said | August 8th 2012 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

      Love love Anna, What a great show down! As much as we know how strong Anna is, but with the way GB cycling go this year, they seems so unbeatable, but our great Anna beat it. I couldn’t help but watched the replay again and again 5 times. Our very first cycling gold, I have to send my excitement everywhere that I can think of: face book,any cycling websites that I can add comment with, Anna’s twitter …..

      • Roar Pro

        August 9th 2012 @ 12:05am
        Darryl Kotyk said | August 9th 2012 @ 12:05am | ! Report

        Anna’s win was great all in it’s own, but considering the dominance by GB this year it is even more incredible. Spread the word….let’s celebrate.

        • August 21st 2012 @ 9:48pm
          John Robson said | August 21st 2012 @ 9:48pm | ! Report

          Darryl, you’re right you don’t know much about track cycling, Victoria was overwhelming favorite leading in to the sprint and even more so after the seeding round,otherwise good effort mate i agree with rest of article.Sorry to bust your balls mate!
          Anna overcame what a champion!!

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      August 16th 2012 @ 6:19pm
      zacbrygel said | August 16th 2012 @ 6:19pm | ! Report

      Great article Darryl. Even though it was over a week ago I am still revelling in the victory; well done Amazing Anna!

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