Olympic flashback: Anna Meares' greatest all-time races

TIME will tell whether the world has witnessed Anna Meares' last ever Olympic ride, but in victory or defeat Australia can be proud of her many achievements on and off the track. 

Her fourth Olympic Games campaign came to a close on Tuesday, with the reigning champion finished tenth overall in the women's sprint at the Rio Olympic Velodrome. But she'll be remembered a true champion.

The Australian team captain and opening ceremony flag-bearer won six Olympic medals - two gold, one silver and three bronze - across four Olympic Games - the most of any Australian track cyclist.

She also has 11 world championship titles and five Commonwealth Games gold medals.

In her Olympic debut at Athens 2004, Meares won the 500m time trial in world record time. It was an event she also won three Commonwealth gold medals and four world championships in.

Meares also went on to win a bronze medal in the the sprint in Athens.

Ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijiing, Meares had to overcome great odds just to get back on her bike. Seven months out from the Games she broke her neck in a race crash and after months of intensive rehab she took her place on the Australian team in Beijing.

Remarkably she progressed through to the final where she went down to long-time rival Victoria Pendleton of Great Britain

Four years on and Meares had her shot at redemption at the London 2012 Games. Meares again lined up against Pendleton - this time in front of a parochial home crowd for one of the all-time greats - and clinched a famous victory. 



Meares also won a bronze medal in the team sprint in London.

In Rio, Meares competed in the team sprint, keirin and sprint events. On Sunday she won a bronze medal in the keirin to pick up fourth individual medal on the track. 

She is the only female track cyclist in history to have won Olympic medals in all four sprint events - keirin, sprint, team sprint and the 500m time trial (discontinued).