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Sydney Track World Cup - CDM

Sydney, Australia, May 14 - 16, 2004

Event program and results 

Women's Sprint

Women's sprint crown to dazzling Meares

By Karen Forman in Sydney

The final
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She wasn't expecting it, but newly crowned Australian sprint champion Anna Meares added another gold medal to her cache for 2004, beating American Tanya Lindemouth two-nil at the UCI Track World Cup in Sydney tonight.

Golf glove-wearing Meares showed stunning form to win her first World Cup medal. It was a ride that carried on the run of form she demonstrated at the nationals, taking the women's senior title in the absence of her formerly-dominant sister Kerrie, who is recovering from an injury.

"I haven't even got through the quarter finals at a World Cup before and this is my first medal," she said. "I certainly wasn't expecting it."

She said she had felt better on the track tonight than during the morning qualifications, but was nervous about meeting Lindemouth for the first time in a two-up sprint.

Anna Meares
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"I made a few mistakes but I made up for them," she said. "Winning is a good confidence booster and a great chance to sharpen my skills for the world's. I learnt a lot about tactics tonight."

Meares, who said "a nice old fellow" had given her the lucky white Shark golf gloves - "they're really good, they grip really well" - said she had also been nervous again English rider Victoria Pendleton in the semi finals. "It was the first time I had ridden against her since the Commonwealth Games. Martin's (national track coach Barass) experience as a past coach of Great Britain) came in very handy."

She said she would now concentrate on her speed work in the leadup to the world's.

"I want to get my legs a bit more fluid," she said.

Results

Women's Sprint Qualification Flying 200m
 
1 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)                      11.517 (62.516 km/h)
2 Clara Sanchez (France)                              11.611 (62.010 km/h)
3 Anna Meares (Australia)                             11.652 (61.792 km/h)
4 Jennie Reed (USA)                                   11.653 (61.787 km/h)
5 Tanya Lindenmuth (USA)                              11.665 (61.723 km/h)
6 Lori-Ann Muenzer (Canada)                           11.677 (61.660 km/h)
7 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)                  11.704 (61.517 km/h)
8 Daniela Larreal (Venezuela)                         11.748 (61.287 km/h)
9 Rosealee Hubbard (Australia)                        11.799 (61.022 km/h)
10 Shuang Guo (China)                                 11.842 (60.801 km/h)
11 Katrin Meinke (Germany)                            11.905 (60.479 km/h)
12 Szilvia Szabolcsi (Hungary)                        12.071 (59.647 km/h)
13 Oxana Grishina (Russia)                            12.107 (59.470 km/h)
14 Nancy Contreras Reyes (Mexico)                     12.123 (59.391 km/h)
15 Na Li (China)                                      12.131 (59.352 km/h)
 
Women's Sprint 1/8 final
 
1/8 Final Heat 1
 
1 Szilvia Szabolcsi (Hungary)                         12.477 (57.706 km/h)
2 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)
 
1/8 Final Heat 2
 
1 Clara Sanchez (France)                              12.060 (59.701 km/h)
2 Katrin Meinke (Germany)
 
1/8 Final Heat 3
 
1 Anna Meares (Australia)                             12.156 (59.230 km/h)
2 Shuang Guo (China)
 
1/8 Final Heat 4
 
1 Jennie Reed (USA)                                   12.150 (59.259 km/h)
2 Rosealee Hubbard (Australia)
 
1/8 Final Heat 5
 
1 Daniela Larreal (Venezuela)                         12.014 (59.930 km/h)
2 Tanya Lindenmuth (USA)
 
1/8 Final Heat 6
 
1 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)                  12.228 (58.881 km/h)
2 Lori-Ann Muenzer (Canada)
 
Women's Sprint Repechage
 
1/8 Final Rep 1
 
1 Lori-Ann Muenzer (Canada)                           12.245 (58.800 km/h)
2 Rosealee Hubbard (Australia)
3 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)
 
1/8 Final Rep 2
 
1 Tanya Lindenmuth (USA)                              12.309 (58.494 km/h)
2 Shuang Guo (China)
3 Katrin Meinke (Germany)

1/8 Final 9th-12th
 
9 Rosealee Hubbard (Australia)             12.779 (56.342 km/h)
10 Katrin Meinke (Germany)
11 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)
12 Shuang Guo (China)
 
Quarter finals
 
Heat 1
 
1 Tanya Lindenmuth (USA)                   12.274    12.248
2 Szilvia Szabolcsi (Hungary)
 
Heat 2
 
1 Lori-Ann Muenzer (Canada)                12.306    12.018
2 Clara Sanchez (France)
 
Heat 3
 
1 Anna Meares (Australia)                  12.810    12.408
2 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)
 
Heat 4
 
1 Jennie Reed (USA)                        11.997    12.291
2 Daniela Larreal (Venezuela)
 
Ride for 5th-8th
 
5 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)       12.539 (57.421 km/h)
6 Jennie Reed (USA)
7 Szilvia Szabolcsi (Hungary)
8 Clara Sanchez (France)
 
Semi Finals
 
Heat 1
 
1 Tanya Lindenmuth (USA)                   12.406    12.089
2 Daniela Larreal (Venezuela)
 
Heat 2
 
1 Anna Meares (Australia)                            12.819     12.034
2 Lori-Ann Muenzer (Canada)                11.791
 
Finals
 
3rd-4th
 
3 Lori-Ann Muenzer (Canada)                12.346    12.184
4 Daniela Larreal (Venezuela)
 
1st-2nd
 
1 Anna Meares (Australia)                  12.049    12.338
2 Tanya Lindenmuth (USA)