Australia Gets Gold With Anna Meares

Anna Meares broke all records when she won the keirin and got the 11th title. Australia made a mark in the Paris cycling as they ended really high up with Annette Edmondson winning a second gold medal. Australia got total of 11 medals: 4 gold, 4 silvers and 3 bronze. the total medal count is 4 more than any other country. Only France, who was the host nation, got 5 golds.

With Meares winning the keirin, she is now the owner of more rainbow jerseys than any other female cyclist in the history of track cycling. Up to Sunday, she was on the same level as Felicia Ballanger of France. Felicia had won the 500m time trial race and the sprint in 5 world championships consecutively since 1995.

Meares cried while standing at the podium and she later told the AAP that those were tears of disbelief. She said that she had a dream even before the Paris worlds had been announced that she would get to meet Felicia Ballanger and also win the 11th title. All of these came true for the Australian cyclist.

Meares’ coach Gary West said that the total credit was only hers but they can’t afford to get too carried away at the success as there is still the champion’s title defense to be competed at in Rio Olympics. Meares couldn’t make it to the quarter finals on the sprint and so, he said that there is a lot of effort to be put in on that field. Since Meares got her tire punctured in the first lap, it precluded her fellow Australian sprinter, Stephanie Morton from participating when the race started again.