Copyright: John Veage

Matthew Glaetzer’s (SA) one-kilometre time trial sea-level world record set a scorching tone on the opening session of the 2018 Track National Championships in Brisbane on Thursday.

The powerful South Australian hammered to the first gold medal on offer for the week, covering four laps of the Anna Meares Velodrome in a time of 59.759 seconds.

This eclipsed his own three-month-old record (59.970secs) which was sensationally set at the Manchester World Cup last November.

“Records are meant to be broken, especially when they are yours, you just want to keep bettering yourself,” remarked Glaetzer.

Mild conditions greeted riders inside the Velodrome for the opening session, however, this failed to stop the ten-time national champion as he looked in the hunt from the moment he bolted from the gates.

“I was a little bit pushed to break the record again today, I was a little a bit tired heading in, but conditions are fast here,” he said. “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.”

The time was just outside of Scott Sunderland’s Australian record (59.675) set at altitude, with Glaetzer’s new mark also zeroing in on the top ten all-time performances in the event. 

The results also come just a few short months of focussing for the race against the clock as Glaetzer targets a second Commonwealth Games team selection for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

“It’s an event I am really enjoying, it’s a new challenge,” explained Glaetzer, the reigning Commonwealth keirin champion and 2016 world championship sprint silver medallist.

“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.”

In a superb ride, Pat Constable (SA) clocked 1min 1.812secs to win silver, just ahead of young gunCameron Scott (NSW) in third with 1min 1.820secs.