TO THE FOUR: Australia's Matthew Glaetzer rides in the men's sprint.
TO THE FOUR: Australia's Matthew Glaetzer rides in the men's sprint. DAVE HUNT

Glaetzer belted for four again

CYCLING: You can understand Matthew Glaetzer getting sick of the number four.

The Australian collected another Olympic fourth place when beaten in the ride-off for bronze in the individual sprint.

The result was the 23-year-old's third fourth after the team sprint in Rio and in London four years ago.

"I am not liking the number four, to be honest, but I have to reset to get ready for the keirin in a couple of days,” he said.

Heats of the keirin start tomorrow (11pm AEST).

Glaetzer was the third fastest qualifier in his individual sprint. He lost his semi-final to eventual silver medallist Britain's Callum Skinner, setting up the clash for bronze with Russia's Denis Dmitriev.

"I was happy with how I raced, but not the result I came in here hoping for,” Glaetzer said.

He had beaten the Russian in the semi-finals of the world championships, but Dmitriev was too strong for the South Australian yesterday, winning in two straight rides.

"At the end of the day I got beaten by a quicker rider both in the semis and the final,” Glaetzer said.

"I have good legs, it is just that they have better ones, that's just the way it goes.

"They are really impressive at the moment.”

Britain's Jason Kenny won the gold medal, following his victory in the teams sprint.

Australian Nathan Hart will start the keirin with Glaetzer.

Anna Meares was last night contesting the round 16 in the women's sprint

Women's sprint, quarter-finals tomorrow (11pm AEST), semi-finals, Wednesday (5am) and finals, Wednesday (6.44am).

Men's keirin, heats tomorrow 11pm (AEST), second round Wednesday (5.46am AEST), finals, Wednesday (7.10am AEST).



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