Meares sets record in women's 500-meter trial

Updated: March 31, 2007, 6:10 PM ET
Associated Press

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain -- Olympic champion Anna Meares of Australia broke her own world record in the women's 500-meter time trial at the world track cycling championships Saturday.

The 21-year-old clocked 33.58 seconds in the two-lap event in the Palma Arena to regain the title she held in 2004. She set the previous record of 33.944 in November at the Sydney World Cup.

Lisandra Guerra of Cuba finished second in 34.015 and defending champion Natallia Tsylinskaya of Belarus was third out of 21 riders in 34.430.

"My season has just been getting better and better, but to be honest I wasn't really thinking about the record," said Meares, whose victory gave Australia its first gold at the championships.

In the men's points race, Joan Llaneras Rosello of Spain claimed gold with 76 points, Belgium's Iljo Keisse was second with 55, and Mikhail Ignatiev of Russia was third with 52.

"I can barely string my words together because I'm on cloud nine," Llaneras said.

The women's sprint was won by Britain's Victoria Pendleton ahead of second-place Shuang Guo of China and Meares in third.

Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso of Cuba won the women's scratch from Maria Luisa Calle Williams of Colombia. Adrie Visser of the Netherlands was third.

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