A dual junior world champion in 2010, Matthew Glaetzer claimed a stunning victory at the 2012 World Track Championships alongside Scott Sunderland and Shane Perkins in the Team Sprint as they knocked off the French by one thousandth of a second.
Making his Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games, Glaetzer and teammates Sunderland and Perkins qualified third fastest (43.377 seconds) in the team sprint. They then defeated China in the first round with their time of 43.261 seconds ranking them fourth and setting up a bronze medal showdown with Germany. In the medal race the Aussies kept pace with the German team for most of the race but eventually went down by 0.146 seconds. They finished the competition in a time of 43.355 seconds.