After a year of build up, the Melbourne Track World Championships have come and gone, and it offered up a world title for me personally in the team sprint, and some terrific learning experiences in the Keirin and the Sprint.
I think we can’t lose site of the Olympics being the main goal. Obviously, I wanted to win a world title on home soil and that was fantastic.
My preparation for Melbourne was a little bit different with the new event for me, the Team Sprint, so it was always going to be a bit of a challenge.
In the Team Sprint we had to fight to the very end, winning by a fraction of a second. But to come away with a gold medal with the boys — Matthew Glaetzer and Scott Sunderland — was absolutely amazing and to be able to share that with them was incredible. It’s also huge because it’s only the second time in history Australia has won it.
The Sprint saw me do a 9.9 in the flying 200m which was close to a personal best. That said, running fourth and missing out on a medal hurts but we raced well, the legs were there and things are looking up for London in terms of the Sprint.
So what about the Keirin I here you ask. Being the reigning World Champ I obviously wanted to defend it but things didn’t really go as planned. I just didn’t have the legs on the last day after a couple of days in the sprints.
We’re definitely going to be doing some things differently in the lead up to the Olympics to counter that.
Ultimately Melbourne has been a great opportunity for us to assess where we’re at and what strengths and weaknesses we have, and the same goes for our opponents.
You can see guys coming in who are really hot, obviously Frenchman Gregory Bauge was. He was too strong for me in the semi-final, so you’d expect in the lead up to the Olympics he might be around the same form or slightly better whereas a couple of the guys have improvement in them.
My goal remains to win an Olympic gold medal. You’ve got milestones along the way and Melbourne was a big one. To walk away with a world title given the week that had — which has included getting hit by a car — it’s all positive.
The World Champs were special, especially from a team perspective. Having the event in Melbourne in an Olympic year and seeing all the medals and records that were broken is awesome. To think that we’re right up there at the forefront of the sport is something to be very proud of and to be excited about.