CHAMPION cyclist Anna Meares has been unveiled as Australia’s flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Meares was announced by chef de mission Steve Moneghetti in the role at the Team Australia reception at the village overnight.
She edged out contenders Michael Diamond and local girl Sally Pearson, who was a hot favourite to get the nod.
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It’s the fourth time Meares has competed at the Commonwealth Games and, should she grab a medal in the 500m time trial and track sprint, she’ll surpass Kathy Watt as Australia’s most successful female Commonwealth cyclist.
Meanwhile, Sally Pearson is confident she’ll be able to retain her Commonwealth Games title despite being beaten in her final race before Glasgow.
Looking her best since suffering a hamstring injury in Rome in early June, Pearson clocked 12.79s to finish third in the 100m hurdles at the Anniversary Games in London on Monday.