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Meares sisters sprint to cycle victory

01 August 2002

Kerrie and Anna Meares of Australia took the gold and silver medals respectively in the women’s sprint.

Kerrie Meares

Kerrie Meares sprints to victory

In the final, Kerrie beat the Commonwealth Games record holder Lori-Ann Muenzer of Canada who took the silver, in a series of fast sprints clocking up times of 12.360 seconds in sprint 2, and 12.362 seconds in sprint 3.

On winning two gold medals Meares said : “This is my first major championship and I’m still a little bit wild. I’m just to learning to be more controlled.”

“I just wanted to do personal bests and to race as hard as I can with no backing off and no hesitating. If I was good enough to get gold medals then that was obviously going to be a bonus. I wasn’t thinking of medals before the event. I just wanted to get one opponent out of the way at a time.”

Muenzer said on losing the final: “I’ve never worked so darn hard in my life. I seem to keep saying that in every race. We don’t have this calibre of racing in Canada. Back home I have to race with the men so this is a super experience.”

Her sister Anna took the Bronze with times of 12.744 for sprint 1 and 12.450 for sprint 2, beating Victoria Pendleton of England.

Anna said: “I’m over the moon. I couldn’t have asked for anything more than that.

“This is my first major international event. I just took it race by race and anything that came I was taking.”

Earlier on in the semi-finals Lori-Ann Muenzer showed extra power, beating Anna Meares of Australia with times of 11.963 and 11.914, and Kerrie Meares beat Victoria Pendleton of England in the second race with times of 12.665 and 12.617.

Denise Hampson of Wales won the women's sprint minor final 5 - 8th with a time of 12.375, beating Melanie Szubrycht of England.

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