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Cyclist Meares to carry Australian flag in Rio

NEWS
06 Jul 2016, 04:10 IST
Australia's Anna Meares competes to win the silver medal in the Women's 500m Trial Time final race at at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris, February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Australia's Anna Meares competes to win the silver medal in the Women's 500m Trial Time final race at at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris, February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Double Olympic champion cyclist Anna Meares will carry Australia's flag in the opening ceremony at the Rio de Janeiro Games next month.

The 32-year-old will defend her track sprint title at her fourth Olympics and also compete in the keirin and team sprint events.

"I'm incredibly proud, I'm incredibly humbled," she said at a ceremony in Melbourne's Fed Square on Wednesday. "I don't think it changes anything that I'm going to do (at Rio)."

Meares, one of Australia's greatest Olympic cyclists, won a time trial gold in her Games debut in Athens in 2004 and a silver in the individual sprint in Beijing four years later.

In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, the 11-times world champion said she relished the chance to battle against a new generation of riders and expected to be in peak fitness when she rolls into the Rio velodrome next month.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Tony Jimenez)

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