Australian sprint queen Anna Meares is targeting a record-breaking 11th world title at the weekend after claiming bronze and silver on the opening two days of the track world championships.


On the verge of making history, Meares had to settle for silver in her pet event, the 500m time trial, despite a blistering ride in Paris on Thursday night (Friday morning AEDT) after claiming bronze in the team sprint on the opening day of competition.

The 31-year-old was in the gold medal position in the time trial with one rider remaining but Russia’s Anastasia Voynova secured late victory with a time of 33.149 seconds.

Meares, the world record holder, had earlier posted a mark of 33.425 which took the silver ahead of defending champion Miriam Welte of Germany (33.699).

“I was quietly convinced that Anastasia was going to win it,” said Meares, who also the claimed silver in 2014.

“I know how strong she has been all season and the improvement she has made from last season to this season has been quite phenomenal.”

Meares has 10 world titles to date and needs just one more rainbow jersey to become the most successful female track cyclist in history.

She’s hoping the elusive 11th will come in either the individual sprint or the keirin at the weekend.

“I’m not going to be here and say I don’t win to win because that’s just not honest and not real,” she said.

“(But) I’m not in it to add to the tally board so to speak. I’m in it to win races … and I’m not thinking about the tally board.

“If it happens it happens. If not I’ve won 10 world titles and they can never be taken from me.”

Meares’ time on Thursday was up there with her best, meaning she’s on track as she builds towards her Olympic sprint title defence in Rio in August 2016.

“There’s only probably two or three runs faster ever in my career – in the Olympic year in 2012 and at altitude in Aguascalientes (where she set the world record),” the Queensland-born rider said.

“So I’m really pleased with how consistent I’m showing and the gains, even though they’re minimal, are coming.”