Cycling: Australian track great Anna Meares retires

Australia's Anna Meares competes during the Women's Sprint track cycling qualifying event during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Aug 18, 2016.
Australia's Anna Meares competes during the Women's Sprint track cycling qualifying event during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Aug 18, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's track cycling great Anna Meares announced her retirement on Sunday, two months after grabbing her sixth Olympic medal.

The 33-year-old weighed extending her career to ride in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in her home state of Queensland but said she felt it was time to try something new.

"I am really proud of my longevity, also proud of the level of high consistency in my performances and results during my career," she said.

"It is hard to close this chapter, because it is a bloody big one, but I am really excited about the doors opening in to the next chapter of my life."

She competed in four Olympics, winning two golds, one silver and three bronze medals.