Sprint champ Anna Meares has continued the Australian success at the world track championships in Melbourne today.
She demolished the previous world record by over a second held by Lithuanian Simona Krupeckaite by registering a time of 10.782 seconds. Krupeckaite’s previous time was 10.783 in Moscow last year.
Meares set the time during a qualifying race for the first round and was in obvious disbelief of her achievement, putting her hand over her month upon seeing her final time on the race clock. She was 2.2 seconds faster than the next best qualifier, Shuang Guo of China.
"I was nowhere near expecting that," said Meares.
"I would have been really pleased with a low nine (10.9) high eight (10.8) which is right around a PB (personal best) mark for me. Anything in the eight (10.8) would have been perfect."
Meares won the world sprint title in the Netherlands last year, which came seven years after she was runner-up at the 2004 Melbourne world championships.
She is an exceptional rider and is known for prevailing against adversity. She was hospitalised and wheelchair bound just months before the 2008 Beijing Olympics but still managed second place behind the dominant Englishwoman Victoria Pendleton.
The world record is the fourth to be broken at the event in two days of competition.
Australian trio Annette Edmondons, Melissa Hoskins and Josephine Tomic also captured the women’s team pursuit world record today but lost it three races later when Danielle King, Laura Trott and Joanna Roswell of Great Britain reclaimed their previous world mark.
The Aussie girls took off more than a second from the previous world record and completed the race in 3min 17.053sec but the Englishwomen were even better with a 3:16.850 mark.
The rival teams will meet in the final.