Anna Meares finished third in the keirin.
Anna Meares finished third in the keirin. Julian Finney

RIO 2016: Another medal for cycling giant

CYCLING: Queenslander Anna Meares has added to her Olympic medals collection, taking a bronze medal in the women's keirin at the the Rio Olympic velodrome on Sunday morning.

Meares became the first Australian athlete to pick up four individual medals at four Olympics, with her total of six medals, including two golds, the most won by any Aussie cyclist in Games history.

She is also the only female track cyclist in history to have won Olympic medals in all four sprint events - keirin, sprint, team sprint and the 500m time trial (discontinued).

Meares could not catch Dutch rider Elis Ligtee, who won the gold medal, while Rebecca James of Great Britain took the Australian on the line to take silver.

Meares, who has the individual sprint to come, was emotional trackside after the race.

"I'm so happy," she told Channel Seven in tears.

"I had to be really, really patient with some really strong girls out there.

"I had two goals for these Games one to do better than I did in London and the other was to win a medal in the keirin.

"I had to ride with confidence, you can't go out there with a cup of tea and biscuits," she added.

In the men's sprint Pat Constable finished outside the medals, while Matthew Glaetzer will ride off for a bronze medal on Monday morning.

The gold and silver medals will be won by Great Britain after teammates Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner got through to the gold medal race.



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