Meares to carry the flag

22 July 2014

COMM GAMES: Champion cyclist Anna Meares has been unveiled as Australia's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Meares was announced by chef de mission Steve Moneghetti in the role at the Team Australia reception at the village Kelvingrove Museum on Monday, edging out contenders Sally Pearson and Michael Diamond.

This Games is Meares's fourth, and should she win a medal in the 500m time trial and the track sprint she will surpass Kathy Watt as Australia's most successful female Commonwealth Games cyclist.

Meares has won four gold medals, one silver and one bronze in her Commonwealth Games portfolio, compared to Watt who finished her illustrious career with four gold, two silver and a bronze.
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The 30-year-old is the current world-record holder in the 500m time trial - the first woman to go sub-33 seconds - and will start as firm favourite for the event in Glasgow.

Meares says it was an honour to be considered to lead Australia into the opening ceremony on Wednesday at Celtic Park.

Meares started competitive cycling aged 11, following in the footsteps of older sister, Kerrie Meares. In 2008 Meares suffered a potentially critical injury while racing, fracturing the C2 vertebra in her neck.

She performed a remarkable recovery to make it to the Beijing Olympics just seven months later where she won a silver medal in the sprint.

Meares is the reigning Olympic champion in the sprint and also won gold in the 500m time trial back at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

THE ANNA MEARES STORY

* Winner of two Olympic golds and four Commonwealth Games golds

* Made a remarkable recovery from a fractured neck suffered in a crash to win silver in the Sprint at the Beijing Olympics seven months later

* Current world record holder in 500m track time trial, the first woman to go under 33 seconds in the event

* In Glasgow joins Kathy Watt as only female cyclist to compete in four Commonwealth Games

* Currently one medal shy of Watt's Australian female record of seven Commonwealth Games cycling medals

* Named Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year in 2007 and 2011.

OLYMPICS

Three Games: two gold, one silver, two bronze

COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Three Games: Four gold, one silver, one bronze

WORLD TITLES

Four: 500m time trial 2004, 2007, 2012; Keirin 2012

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