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Cycling champ Meares breaks own world record

11/18/2006

SYDNEY, Australia -- Olympic cycling champion Anna Meares of
Australia broke her world record in the 500-meter time trial
Saturday, slicing 0.008 seconds off the mark from her gold-medal
ride at the Athens Games.

Meares also teamed with sister Kerri to win the team sprint
event over the German pair of Jane Gerisch and Dana Gloss in World
Cup track cycling. Australia's Katie Mactier won the individual
pursuit over Britain's Wendy Houvenhagel.

Anna Meares, who has recovered from a back injury, set the
record of 33.944 seconds in the 500 at Dunc Gray Velodrome.

"I thought it was possible simply because this season I've had
an uninterrupted preparation and the back injury has just gone,"
she said.

Simona Krupeckaite of Lithuania was second in 34.802, with
Yvonne Hijgenaar of the Netherlands third in 34.901.

In men's finals, Russia won the men's 4-kilometer team pursuit
over Denmark, with Ukraine taking the bronze. Mikhail Ignatiev of
Russia won the points race with 31. Gregory Henderson of New
Zealand had 17 for silver and Vasili Kiryienka of Belarus took the
bronze with 15.

Craig McLean of Britain won the sprint gold by beating teammate
Ross Edgar in the final. Teun Mulder of the Netherlands earned the
bronze with a win over Australia's Mark French.