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Matthew Glaetzer



Place of Birth




Olympic History

London 2012

Rio 2016

Tokyo 2020

High School

Torrens Valley Christian School

Career Events

Cycling Track Mens Keirin

Cycling Track Mens Team Sprint

Keirin - Men

Sprint - Men

Team Sprint - Men


Matthew's Story

Fast Facts

Sport: Cycling – Track 
Event: Sprint
Olympic History: London 2012; Rio 2016; Tokyo 2020
Year Born: 1992 
State Born: South Australia   

About Matthew

A leg injury prompted Matthew Glaetzer to start cycling and its cycling that has become a driving force in his cancer recovery.

Starting out in athletics, the aspiring pole vaulter won a silver medal at the national championships at the age of 14. Plagued by injury due to growth spurts, Glaetzer was diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter disease and the active teen was forced to find a new sport of choice and at 16, he turned to triathlon.

Glaetzer found that he excelled at the bike leg and decided to join a cycling club. A short six months later he won a silver medal at the National Championships and the following year he represented Australia at the UCI Junior Track World Championships and won two world titles.   

As an elite competitor, the South Australian 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, he qualified fastest in the Sprint before moving through the field and eventually claimed silver behind Great Britain’s Jason Kenny.  

Competing in his second Games at Rio 2016, 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 Pat Constable and Nathan Hart, Glaetzer finished fourth in the Team Sprint by 0.155 seconds and claimed 10th in the Keirin.  

At the 2018 World Championships, Glaetzer claimed a memorable maiden individual world title victory in the Sprint and claimed silver in the Time Trial, and at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, he won gold in the Kierin and Kilo Time Trial and bronze in the Team Sprint.  

One of Australian track cycling’s most inspiring stories in the lead-up to Tokyo, sprinter Matthew overcame thyroid cancer and a serious calf injury to make it to his third Games.

After narrowly missing a medal with fourth place in both London in 2012 and Rio in 2016, Glaetzer led Australia’s team sprint into battle in Tokyo.

Racing alongside Nathan Hart and Matthew Richardson, they posted the third fastest time in qualifying of 42.371secs then beat the Russian Olympic Committee by 0.8 of a second in the next round. However they were unable to overcome France in the race for bronze with the French winning by 1.7secs. It was the fourth consecutive time Australia’s men’s team sprint had finished fourth going back to the Beijing Games in 2008.

Glaetzer then competed in the keirin and made the final where he and the rest of the field were surprised by Great Britan’s Jason Kenny who went for home with three laps to go won his seventh Olympic gold medal. Glaetzer crossed the line in fifth place.


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