Matt Glaetzer

Matt Glaetzer

Cycling - Track Schedule & Results

(Local) / 06:14 PM 16 Aug (Rio)
Men's Keirin Finals 7-12

(Local) / 04:46 PM 16 Aug (Rio)
Men's Keirin Second Round - Heat 1

(Local) / 10:23 AM 16 Aug (Rio)
Men's Keirin First Round - Heat 2

(Local) / 05:04 PM 14 Aug (Rio)
Men's Sprint Finals - Bronze

Denis Dmitriev (RUS)

(Local) / 05:41 PM 13 Aug (Rio)
Men's Sprint Semifinals - Heat 2

(Local) / 04:00 PM 13 Aug (Rio)
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 3

(Local) / 10:29 AM 13 Aug (Rio)
Men's Sprint 1/8 Finals - Heat 3

(Local) / 05:36 PM 12 Aug (Rio)
Men's Sprint 1/16 Finals - Heat 3

(Local) / 04:14 PM 12 Aug (Rio)
Men's Sprint Qualifying

9.704 (3rd)


(Local) / 06:21 PM 11 Aug (Rio)
Men's Team Sprint Finals - Bronze

43.298 (4th)

AUS


France (FRA)

(Local) / 05:13 PM 11 Aug (Rio)
Men's Team Sprint First Round - Heat 2

43.166 (1st)

AUS


(Local) / 04:00 PM 11 Aug (Rio)
Men's Team Sprint Qualifying

43.158 (3rd)

AUS


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Athlete Biography

One of the world’s fastest track cyclists, Matt Glaetzer will be aiming to climb onto the podium in Rio after just missing out on a medal when on his Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games.

Glaetzer began competitive track cycling when he was 16, after trying out triathlon and enjoying the bike leg. He began to excel on the track and by 2010 was a dual junior world champion in 2010. At his second senior World Championships in 2011 he helped the Australian team sprint team claim a stunning victory when, alongside Scott Sunderland and Shane Perkins in the team sprint, they knocked off the French team by 0.001 seconds.

His Olympic dream was realised when alongside Sunderland and Perkins he lined up in the team sprint at the London 2012 Games. The trio qualified third fastest (43.377 seconds) before defeating China in the first round with their fourth fastest time seeing them move through to the bronze medal race. However, Germany proved too strong beating the Australians by 0.146 seconds.

Glaetzer added Commonwealth Games gold (keirin) and bronze (team sprint) to his growing list of achievements in 2014 and has steadily built towards the Olympic year. At the 2016 World Championships, Glaetzer proved he can push for gold in Rio. Adter qualifying fastest in the flying 200m in the sprint, he progressed through the field to set up a final against local favourite Jason Kenny. In a tight encounter, Glaetzer lost the deciding heat, but won win silver to claim his first individual World Championship medal. Alongside Rio teammates Nathan Hart and Pat Constable the trio finished fifth in the team event, missing the medal rounds by just one millisecond.

In his final competition before Rio, Glaetzer set the fastest time ever on Australian soil in the flying 200m when qualifying for the sprint at the International Track Series in Melbourne. Glaetzer clocked a world class time of 9.793 seconds before going on to win the competition.

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Olympic Information

  • 2012 London - 4th (Team Sprint)

Recent Performances

  • 2nd (sprint), 5th (team sprint), 13th (keirin) – 2016 Track Cycling World Championships (London, Great Britain)
  • 1st (sprint), 1st (keirin), 2nd (team sprint) – 2016 Oceania Championships (Invercargill, New Zealand)
  • 1st (sprint), 1st (team sprint) – 2016 Australian Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 5th (sprint), 6th (team sprint) – 2015 Track Cycling World Championships (Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France)
  • 1st (keirin), 3rd (team sprint), 5th (sprint) – 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland)

Career Highlights

  • Racing in my first Olympic Games in 2012.
  • Winning the 2012 Team Sprint World Championship by 0.001sec.
  • Breaking the Australian Record for the 200m time trial.

Education

  • Primary
    Torrens Valley Christian School (SA, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Torrens Valley Christian School (SA, Australia)

Training

  • Coach
    Gary West (2011 - current)
  • Primary Training Base
    Adelaide, Australia

Q&A

Favourite food
Beef Steak
Favourite holiday destination
Gold Coast
Favourite music
Electronic Dance Music
Dream car
Nissan GTR R35
Personal Motto
Pain is just weakness leaving your body
Star Sign
Virgo
I would spend my last $10 on
Subway chicken fillet sub with cookies
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
100m sprint
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Chris Hoy Winning the Keirin and Team Sprint in London at 36 years of age
First Olympic Memory?
Watching the 100m sprint final
Why this sport?
Because I quickly became very good at it and started making Australian teams so I thought I should keep going!