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Thursday, 1 August, 2002, 20:02 GMT 21:02 UK

Meares completes golden double

By Clive Lindsay
BBC Sport Online in Manchester

Kerrie Meares showed she is no respecter of age as she won her second gold medal of the Commonwealth Games.

The 19-year-old Australian muscled and bustled her way to victory over veteran Canadian Lori-Ann Muenzer in the final at Manchester's Velodrome.

Meares, the 19-year-old who won the gold medal for Australia in the 500m time trial, was warned once then docked one race for blocking her opponents.

But she insisted: "I was here to learn about the tactics of these races and will take what they said on board.

"It was amazing being there on the podium together"
Kerrie Meares' sister, Anna

"The time trial is my main event and just went out there to do my best and fortunately it was good enough to win."

Sister Anna, the junior by a year, took bronze and said: "It was amazing being there on the podium together. I had a great night."

Kerrie had crossed the line in front after the first of the three-race final.

But the judges gave the race to her 36-year-old rival because they felt she had been impeded..

Meares had been given a warning for similar tactics during an otherwise routine 2-0 victory over England's Victoria Pendleton in the semi-finals.

It looked like Muenzer, who took bronze behind the Australian in the time trial, had the initiative as she led the second race into the final corner only to be overhauled at the line.

"I have got to be happy with silver"
Lori-Ann Muenzer

The Aussie came close to being disqualified in the final race when the two riders again came close to touching.

This time the judges decided that both riders had been to blame and ordered a restart.

Meares was again behind but repeated the overtaking exercise to win by the length of a wheel at the line.

Muenzer joked about Meares lack of driving skills but said: "When you can't muster another peddle stroke, you have got to be happy with silver."

Meares family joy was completed when Anna proving too strong for Pendleton in the race-off for bronze.

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