Anna Meares OAM (cycling) carried the Australian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Competing in four editions of the Games, Meares finished her career with eight medals, five of them gold, becoming Australia’s most successful Commonwealth Games cyclist. A winner of 11 world titles and two Olympic titles, Anna and sister Kerrie grew up in a small coal mining town in Queensland and were inspired to take up cycling by the exploits of Kathy Watt at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria. Making her international debut at the 2002 Games in Manchester, Anna won bronze in the 500m time trial behind Kerrie who won gold. Four years later in Melbourne, Anna won the gold medal in the same event. In Delhi in 2010, Meares won three gold medals – in the 500m time trial, the sprint and team sprint events. At the 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships she took the gold in the keirin, claiming her 11th world title in the process, which made her the most decorated female track cyclist of all time. The flag-bearer and captain for the Australian team at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where Meares won a bronze medal in keirin making her the first Australian to win individual medals in four consecutive Olympics. The venue for cycling at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games was named the Anna Meares Velodrome in her honour.
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