Anna MEARES

Australia AUS

Track Cycling

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
    1 S
    3 B
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Athens 2004
  • Year of Birth
    1983
Olympic Results

Biography

Anna MEARES

The most successful female track cyclist in the history of the UCI World Championships, Anna Meares is also Australia’s most decorated cycling Olympian, with six medals to her name. The only Australian athlete to have won individual medals at four consecutive Olympic Games, she rounded off her brilliant career with keirin bronze at Rio 2016. 

Starting out

The youngest of four children, Anna Meares grew up in Middlemount, Queensland (AUS), and played a number of sports, including karate, BMX, triathlon and swimming. Her interest in cycling was stirred at the age of 11, when she and her elder sister Kerrie watched Kathy Watt, Australia’s 1992 Olympic road race champion, compete at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. “We were most interested in track cycling and in the speed of the velodrome,” she explained.

Their father promptly found them a club. The only snag was that it was located 300km away, in Mackay. “He drove us in one weekend; we fell in love with the sport,” recalled Meares. “So for two years, mum and dad would pick Kerrie and me up from school on a Friday afternoon, drive the 300km for us to race Friday night and Sunday morning, before driving home in time for school on Monday morning.” The family then made the decision to move to the town of Rockhampton, which had its own velodrome, giving Anna and Kerrie the opportunity to practice daily.

A world record in Athens

A 500m world junior champion in 2001, the up-and-coming Anna then won individual sprint bronze at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester (GBR), where Kerrie took gold in the 500m time trial. At the age of 19, Meares joined the Australian Institute of Sport in Adelaide, continuing her studies while enjoying great success in the international arena.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rio 2016

#10
Sprint
Sprint Cycling
#4
Team Sprint
Team Sprint Cycling
B
Keirin
Keirin Cycling
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

London 2012

B
Team Sprint
Team Sprint Cycling
#5
Keirin
Keirin Cycling
G
Sprint
Sprint Cycling
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Beijing 2008

S
Sprint
Sprint Cycling
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Athens 2004

G
500 metres Time Trial
500 metres Time Trial Cycling
B
Sprint
Sprint Cycling