A dual junior World Champion in 2010, Matthew Glaetzer claimed a stunning victory at the 2012 World Championships alongside Scott Sunderland and Shane Perkins in the team sprint as they knocked off the French by one thousandth of a second.
Making his Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games, Glaetzer and teammates Sunderland and Perkins qualified third fastest (43.377 seconds) in the team sprint. They then defeated China in the first round with their time of 43.261 seconds ranking them fourth and setting up a bronze medal showdown with Germany. The Aussies kept pace with the German team for most of the race but eventually went down by 0.146 seconds. They finished the competition in a time of 43.355 seconds.
Glaetzer added Commonwealth Games gold (Keirin) and bronze (team sprint) to his growing list of achievements in 2014 as he steadily built towards another Olympic campaign. At the 2016 World Championships, Glaetzer qualified fastest in the sprint before moving through the field and eventually claimed silver behind Great Britain’s Jason Kenny. Alongside Rio teammates Nathan Hart and Pat Constable the trio finished fifth in the team event, missing the medal rounds by just one millisecond.
Competing in his second Games in Rio, Glaetzer came ever so close to standing on the podium. He lost out to British rider Callum Skinner in his sprint semi-final by 0.057 seconds before going down to Russia’s Denis Dmitriev by 0.044 seconds for bronze. Along with Constable and Hart, Glaetzer finished fourth in the team sprint by 0.155 seconds and claimed 10th in the Keirin.