16 August 2016
The Rio Olympic campaign for Australia’s most decorated cyclist, Anna Meares, has come to end with the Australian captain yet to decide if she will compete in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.
After finishing tenth in the women’s sprint final, Meares declared her only certain plans were more short term with a holiday and some chocolate.
“That was pretty brutal,” said Meares, of the sprint final she entered as defending champion.
“I knew that the sprint competition was going to be my hardest but I didn’t think I would be that far out of the competition.”
Meares won bronze in the keirin taking her career tally of Olympic medals to six and she said the prospect of competing in the Commonwealth Games in her home state was attractive.
“I delivered there (in the keirin) and achieved my goals and for that I’m really proud,” she said.
“I’ve revelled in my role as team captain and flagbearer, but for the first time in 22 years my body just couldn’t get any more out.
“I’ve got to ask myself what I want, where I want to go, I need to assess my body ….. it’s very difficult and tantalising with the Gold Coast being so close.
“But I also am 32 and I want to give myself the chance to have some perspective and I can’t do that in this environment.”
Sailor Tom Burton’s medal race in the laser class was postponed. Australians performed strongly in canoe with Murray Stewart, in the men’s kayak 1000m, and Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull, in the women’s kayak double 500m, qualifying for the final.
In track and field Dani Samuels qualified for the final of the discus while Madeline Hills and Genevieve LaCaze finished seventh and ninth respectively in the 3000m steeplechase.