Aussies fly as one with #TokyoTogether Olympic campaign

24 July 2019

Matthew Glaetzer riding a bike

THREE years done and one year to go could well be the motto for many athletes as they tick off the days until the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

What a big 12 months it will be, not only for winning quota sports for Australia but also for athletes who will be selected onto the Australian Olympic team.

Locally, South Australian Sports Institute graduate and cycling champion Matt Glaetzer is more than excited about the campaign and the possible road ahead.

Glaetzer has just returned from a season of keirin racing in Shizuoka, Japan, where he competed at the Izu Velodrome - the venue for track cycling at next year's Games.

"The 12-month announcement is a line-in-the-sand moment for me,'' Glaetzer said.

"We have done all the learning in the past three years and now there is just one year to go.

"You think you are ready, then you realise there really isn't a lot of time to go to make sure you are ready.''

Glaetzer, ranked the number one sprinter in Australia and almost certain to be at the Games next year, said his experience in Japan was an eyeopener.

"You just can't get this experience and to race and ride in Japan was fantastic. At least I came home unscathed,'' Glaetzer laughed.

"Living in Japan and being there for that length of time I think is going to be a big help for when I hopefully go back next year for the Games.

"To be one of six international riders invited to compete was great. I managed to make a final in every event I was in. I was really happy with my results and I hope the people watching were too.''

For now Glaetzer and the national sprint team will have a short rest and head to Boulder, Colorado, for a freshen up before returning to Australia in late August.

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