Rebecca Wiasak (3.28.884) claimed her first ever international medal when she won the individual pursuit ahead of Great Britain’s Elinor Barker (3:31.070) and Ireland’s Caroline Ryan (3:34.257).
“It’s pretty emotional for me at the moment,” Wiasak said who won the event in a personal best time. “This is the first time I’ve been able to sing to national anthem and I was close to tears on the podium.”
Wiasak was part of the women’s team pursuit bronze medal winning ride on Friday night after travelling to Mexico as an emergency rider for the team. The absence of Ashlee Ankudinoff due to illness granted Wiasak a last minute call up for both the team and individual pursuit events.
“I wasn’t supposed to ride here, and I was only told yesterday that I was racing [the individual pursuit].
“It’s been a really hard week knowing I had good form [and wasn’t supposed to be racing]. I wanted to prove that I am capable of delivering a good result for Australia and hopefully prove that I am worthy of staying in the track program for another year.”"
Olympic gold medallist Anna Meares has claimed gold in the 500 metre time trial in a world record time of 32.836 making her the first women in history to go under 33 seconds in the event.
Racing at the Mexico Track World Cup, Meares eclipsed her own world record posted at the Melbourne World Championships in 2012 (33.010) to again write herself into the history books.
“I just wanted it, I wanted it really badly,” Meares said.
“It’s really weird, it’s taken me nearly 10 years to improve just over a second in the discipline. In Athens in 2004 I was 20 years old and became the first women to ride a sub 34 [33.952] and now, ten years later at 30 years of age, I’m the first to ride a sub 33.
“I am just so proud.”"