GEARING UP: Australian cyclist Anna Meares.
GEARING UP: Australian cyclist Anna Meares. TRACEY NEARMY

Tough schedule won't worry Meares

CYCLING: After the excitement of carrying the flag for Australia at the opening ceremony in Rio, Anna Meares has been focusing on the job at hand - tomorrow's team sprint and the keirin.

With the team event on between 5-7am (AEST) and the keirin set down for 11pm-midnight, it is a testing schedule but one for which the four-time Olympian and 11-time world champion is supremely prepared.

After all, this is the woman who won sprint silver at the 2008 Beijing Games only seven months after breaking her neck, dislocating her right shoulder and tearing ligaments and tendons in an horrific race fall in a World Cup round.

The 32-year-old - also the winner of gold and silver in London four years ago and gold and bronze in Athens in 2004 - undoubtedly wants more medals, but she has been keeping her goals under wraps.

"My coach and my manager are the only ones that know them,” she told Reuters recently.

"I know what my goals were at the start of the campaign, where my analysis and re-analysis have put me at this point in time.

"And I also trust my coach Gary West and his support team and the plan we have going into Rio to be at my best for that competition.”

Meares will also compete on Monday in the women's sprint, which begins at 5am (AEST).

WHEN TO WATCH

Women's team sprint finals, tomorrow (7am AEST); Men's team pursuit finals, tomorrow (7.30am AEST)



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