Queen Victoria is dethroned. Prolonged live Queen Anna.
Anna Meares, the captain of the Australian Olympic monitor cycling crew, scored the greatest win of her prolonged and brilliant career when she outrode fantastic rival Victoria Pendleton in the women’s sprint final at the London Video games velodrome.
Following 5 days of disappointment, close to misses and heartbreak at times, the Australian track crew ended their London campaign on a large as Meares triumphed in a clash fittingly tinged with a dash of controversy.
While Pendleton lost her crown in the last race of her occupation, her compatriot Chris Hoy retired from Olympic competition as the undisputed king when he took out the keirin final to collect his sixth profession Olympic gold.
It took him previous fellow knight and rowing legend Steve Redgrave as Wonderful Britain’s most prolific Olympic champion.
Meares’ triumph – by two- in the greatest-of-three race last – came two days after she botched the women’s keirin last, finishing fifth as Pendleton won.
“This is the sweetest and most amazing victory of my profession,” stated an emotional Meares, who extra the gold medal to the 500m time trial gold she won in Athens eight years ago and also avenged her reduction to Pendleton in the Beijing 2008 sprint last.
Pendleton just beat Meares in a photo finish in the first heat of the final, but minutes later on was relegated for straying somewhat out of the sprinter’s lane as Meares closed in in the course of their desperate battle to the line.
“I was really annoyed because I am confident that she touched me and it brought on me to move up,” Pendleton mentioned.
“I can’t believe, twice in one competitors, I’ve been disqualified and relegated, it truly is unheard of. It really is a bit of a shock, it did knock my confidence a bit I should say.”
Pendleton and Jess Varnish had been relegated from the women’s team sprint, in which Meares and Kaarle McCulloch won bronze.
But Pendleton also paid rich tribute to extended-time foe Meares for her gold medal.
“I am glad that it got to that stage,” Pendleton explained. “I believe she’s the greatest rider in the field and it really is the way that it should have been.
“Every thing turned out correct with Anna and myself in the final.”
“She’s a great competitor. We’ve met numerous a time, and I wish her all the greatest but I’m quite glad to be saying that’s the last time I have to go by means of that.”
Meares sobbed after proving as well quick for Pendleton. She hugged coach Gary West repeatedly trackside, then went above to husband Mark Chadwick on the fence to celebrate.
Earlier in the day’s plan twenty-yr-old Annette Edmondson won bronze in the multi-discipline omnium.
Shane Perkins reached the keirin final, but simply lacked the needed speed and completed fifth.
Fantastic Britain’s Laura Trott won the omnium, that means the host nation won seven of the ten track gold medals.
Australia completed second on the track cycling tally with a gold, a silver and three bronze – surely under their lofty expectations.