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Olympic Information

    Debut

Recent Performances

  • 1st (team sprint), 13th (kierin) - 2012 Track World Championships (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 4th (team sprint), 13th (kierin) - 2012 Track World Cup (London, United Kingdom)
  • 1st (kierin), 1st (team sprint), 3rd (individual sprint) - 2012 Australian Track Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 2nd (team sprint) - 2011 Astana World Cup (Astana, Kazakhstan)
  • 4th (team sprint), 11th (individual sprint), 7th (kierin) - 2011 Track World Championships (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)
  • 1st (team sprint), 3rd (individual sprint), 8th (kierin) - 2011 Australian Track Championships (Sydney, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Making my first Olympic Games after winning gold at the World Championships in the team sprint
  • Returning from injury to win the sprint and the keirin at the 2011 Junior World Championships
  • Coming 3rd in the team sprint at the World Cup in London

Interesting Facts

  • Matthew Glaetzer has had a rapid rise to becoming World Champion after only three years in the sport. The recent graduate to the senior Australian team has shone on the world stage despite his short time in the sport, helping Australia to World Championship gold and World Cup bronze in 2012 in the team sprint to go with multiple junior international medals.
  • He highlighted his potential as a sprint star when he took out the individual sprint, keirin and won silver in the team sprint at the 2010 Junior Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy.
  • Glaetzer went on to win the team sprint at the 2011 Australian Track Championships and claimed bronze in the individual sprint to signal that he was ready to take on the world's best in the lead up to London.
  • Glaetzer and teammates Scott Sunderland and Shane Perkins pulled off a stunning victory at the 2012 World Track Championships with Glaetzer tracking down Frenchman Michael D'Almeida to lead the Australians to gold by one thousandth of a second and set the stage for a classic showdown in London. Glaetzer also lowered the Australian record for the individual sprint with his 9.902 seconds at the meet but failed to go on and win a medal.
  • Glaetzer began the sport after attending a 'come and try' triathlon and enjoying the adrenaline rush that came with the cycling leg so much he decided to pursue the sport. He originally competed in pole vault but had to give up the sport due to injury.

Sport

Years on national team

2

Coach

Gary West (2011 - current)

Primary Training Base

Adelaide, Australia

Club

Central Districts Cycling Club (SA, Australia)

Institute/Academy
South Australian Sports Institute, Adelaide
Australian Institute of Sport, Adelaide

Education

Primary

Torrens Valley Christian School (SA, Australia)

Secondary

Torrens Valley Christian School (SA, Australia)


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