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by Shane Stokes

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New sea-level world record for Glaetzer at Australian track nationals

by Shane Stokes

Having already set a new world record of 59.970 seconds at the Manchester World Cup last November, Matthew Glaetzer has gone even quicker in the opening session of the 2018 Australian national track championships in Brisbane on Thursday.

The South Australian scooped gold with a superb 59.759 second ride in the one kilometre time trial. “Records are meant to be broken, especially when they are yours, you just want to keep bettering yourself,” he said.

“I was a little bit pushed to break the record again today,” he said. “I was a little a bit tired heading in, but conditions are fast here. It shows it’s not a perfect day, but it’s still world record kind of conditions. I just held on and I’m stoked with that time.”

His ride brings him close to Scott Sunderland’s Australian record of 59.675, which was set at altitude. Having previously landed Commonwealth Games gold in the keirin and world championship silver in the sprint, he plans to keep improving in the kilo. “It’s an event I am really enjoying, it’s a new challenge,” he said. “My coach Nick (Flyger) realises that I respond well to a challenge and we’re posting some pretty ambitious targets and we’re getting close to achieving them.

“I started in the sport in doing a one-lap time trial and I just wanted to go faster and faster, so it’s essentially the same mindset, I love a good challenge. I’m coming into a really important time in my career where I can start ramping it up and setting some impressive times and put some races together to have a bit of success.”