Meares Wins 11th World Track Cycling Title

Australian now has 26 medals

With 11 gold medals under her belt, Meares is the most-decorated female cyclist of all time. (Anna Meares/Twitter)
Photo: Anna Meares/Twitter

Australian sprinter Anna Meares won the gold medal in keirin at the track cycling world championships on Sunday, becoming the most successful female track cyclist in history.

The 31-year-old two-time Olympic gold medalist surpassed Frenchwoman Felicia Ballanger’s record of 10 world gold medals, adding a 26th medal to her collection, reports USA Today. Meares pulled ahead with one lap to go, beating Dutch cyclist Shanne Braspennincx by 0.064 seconds. She also won bronze in the team sprint and silver in the 500-meter time trial.

“What an absolute gem,” Coach Gary Sutton told ABC Australia about Meares. “She’s been an absolute role model for our girls, and a role model for the sport, to be honest with you. And certainly one of the greats.”

Arnaud Tournant of France is still the overall record holder, with 14 world track titles.

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