Gary Anderson

(1967 - )

Gary Anderson
For years, New Zealand cyclists were highly competitive without breaking through at the highest level. And then along came Gary Anderson.

He first made his mark as an 18-year-old at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986 when he won two silver and two bronze medals.

Four years later, he was the toast of New Zealand when he dominated the track cycling programme at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland – he won his specialist event, the individual pursuit, he was a member of the winning pursuit team and he won the track finale, the 10-mile, in a never-to-be-forgotten finish.

Two years later, in Barcelona, Anderson became the first New Zealander to win an Olympic cycling medal. Many fine riders had tried but always the competition was too fierce. Then Anderson on the fast Barcelona track won the bronze medal in the individual pursuit – vindicating his own promise and carrying the torch for all those who had gone before.

Anderson rode for another eight years, winning road and track races throughout the world.

His Commonwealth Games medal collection was interrupted when a near-fatal accident cost him any chance of competing at Kuala Lumpur in 1998. But always his Barcelona bronze was the pinnacle of achievement.
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