London 2012: Anna Meares to lead young Australian team

Australian sprinter Anna Meares says she will draw on the enthusiasm of a young team in her attempt to beat GB rival Victoria Pendleton in London.

Meares, 28, one of only two Olympians in Australia's track squad, is trying to win a medal at a third Olympics.

"I'm not saying anything personal against Vicky," Meares said. "We're both competing for that gold medal and unfortunately only one of us gets it."

She will compete in the individual sprint, team sprint and keirin events.

"This is a young team," said Meares. "With youth comes enthusiasm, motivation, desire - and that is contagious for me."

Australia's 2012 Cycling squad

  • Sprinters: Kaarle McCulloch, Anna Meares, Matthew Glaetzer, Shane Perkins, Scott Sunderland
  • Endurance: Jack Bobridge, Amy Cure, Rohan Dennis, Alex Edmondson, Annette Edmondson, Michael Hepburn, Melissa Hoskins, Glenn O'Shea, Josephine Tomic

Meares describes herself as the "old duck" of the Australian team and is expected to be the biggest danger to Pendleton's title hopes in the individual sprint.

She is aiming to be the first woman to win a fourth Olympic cycling medal and the first to win a medal at three different Olympics.

Pendleton beat the Australian at the world championships in Melbourne in April, on the way to a sixth world sprint crown.

The pair, who barely speak to each other, could also lock horns in the team sprint event.

Jack Bobridge, who will lead the team pursuit, joins Meares as the only other Australian with Olympic experience

Alex Edmondson, 18, and his 20-year-old sister and fellow pursuit rider Annette have also been selected.