Olympic and world cham­pion cy­clist Anna Meares re­tires

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Aus­tralia’s dou­ble Olympic and 11time world cham­pion Anna Meares has an­nounced her re­tire­ment from cy­cling aged 33. Meares won six medals across four Olympic games, be­gin­ning with gold in the 500 me­ters time trial at Athens in 2004. She won gold in the in­di­vid­ual sprint at Lon­don in 2012, sil­ver in the same event at Bei­jing in 2008 and bronze medals at Athens and Lon­don. She signed off with bronze in the keirin at Rio de Janiero last month where she also car­ried the Aus­tralian flag in the open­ing cer­mony. Meares’ sil­ver medal in Bei­jing came only seven months af­ter she suf­fered a bro­ken neck in a crash which was thought likely to end her ca­reer. Meares fin­ished 10th in the in­di­vid­ual sprint at Rio and had taken time away from cy­cling af­ter the games to de­cide her fu­ture.

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