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Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games

Manchester, England, July 27 - August 3, 2002

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August 1 - Women's Sprint, National Cycling Centre

Meares sprints to victory

By Gerry McManus, Cyclingnews correspondent in Manchester

Tactical final
Photo: © Dave Clark
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Kerrie Meares won another medal for Australia in the CWG women's sprint competition in an exciting three matches against Canadian Lori-Ann Muezner.

Muezner had made it look easy against Anna Meares in the semi-final but the final saw Muezner meet her match in sister Kerrie. In match A, Meares's tactics saw her first attack early and then hold the Canadian on tightly on the banking, finally accelerating to win by a bike length only to see the judges reverse the decision. They adjudged that Meares had forced Muezner to slow down and so Muezner was one-nil up.

Match B started off in a similar fashion, with Meares continuing her aggressive tactics towards the Canadian. However, the judges fired the gun to stop the match, as they deemed it was getting too aggressive. The restart was a little tamer, and Muenzer was able to lead out. However, Meares came around her easily to win and set things up for an all or nothing final match.

On her best behaviour for the final match, Meares again let Muenzer lead. The Canadian started her sprint late, but Meares just had enough gas to come around and pip the Canadian on the line.

In the ride-off for bronze in a close match and with some more spirited riding, Anna Meares took the bronze to add to the family medal tally.


Photos by Gerry McManus

Photos supplied by D.J. Clark



1 Lori-Ann Muenzer (Canada)                  11.452 (62.87 km/h)
2 Kerrie Meares (Australia)                  11.581
3 Victoria Pendleton (England)               11.744
4 Denise Hampson (Wales)                     11.814
5 Anna Meares (Australia)                    11.957
6 Melanie Szubrycht (England)                12.426
7 Hsu Min Chung (Malaysia)                   15.153
DNS Rochelle Gilmore (Australia)
DNS Fiona Carswell (New Zealand)

Quarter finals

Heat 1

1 Kerrie Meares (Australia)
2 Hsu Min Chung (Malaysia)

Heat 2
                                       Sprint 1  Sprint 2
1 Victoria Pendleton (England)          12.391    12.798
2 Melanie Szubrycht (England)

Heat 3
                                       Sprint 1  Sprint 2
1 Anna Meares (Australia)               12.596    12.595
2 Denise Hampson (Wales)

NB: Lori-Ann Muenzer (Canada) qualified automatically 
for the semi-final


Heat 1
                                    Sprint 1   Sprint 2
1 Kerrie Meares (Australia)          12.665     12.617
2 Victoria Pendleton (England)

Heat 2
                                    Sprint 1   Sprint 2
1 Lori-Ann Muenzer (Canada)          11.963     11.914
2 Anna Meares (Australia)

For 5th place

5 Denise Hampson (Wales)             12.375
6 Melanie Szubrycht (England)


For Gold and Silver
                                    Sprint 1   Sprint 2   Sprint 3
1 Kerrie Meares (Australia)            DQ        12.36     12.362
2 Lori-Ann Muenzer (Canada)

For Bronze
                                    Sprint 1   Sprint 2
3 Anna Meares (Australia)            12.744      12.45
4 Victoria Pendleton (England)