The second competition date of the Pan American Elite Track Cycling Championship held in San Juan, Argentina, left Canada at the top of the medal table by adding a pair of golds in the pursuit events for both sexes, while Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago won the titles in the women’s elimination race and the men’s Kerin, respectively.

Willing to retain the crown achieved in 2022 as a national team, Canada won the first gold medal this Thursday at the Vicente Alejo Chancay velodrome in the women’s pursuit, defeating the very strong Mexico squad; while the United States finished with the bronze after defeating the Colombian team.

In the same specialty, but in the men’s section, Canada was first ahead of the Colombian quartet made up of Anderson Arboleda, Juan Esteban Arango, Alex Juan Pablo Zapata and Fernando Gaviria. Chile was about to give the big surprise for the bronze, but finally fell to the United States for third place in this modality.

A gold that was almost sung was that of Nicholas Paul from Trinidad in the keirin, a specialty in which he was escorted by the Surinamese Jair Tjon En Fa and the Canadian James Hedgcock. This test was one of the most attractive for spectators at the velodrome, since only four nations reached the final, since Canada and Trinidad qualified with a pair of riders.

The last game of medals distributed in this second day fell on the elimination event for ladies, headed by the Mexican Yareli Acevedo, who won the podium from the Colombian Elizabeth Castaño and the Canadian Devaney Collier, silver and bronze, respectively.

This Friday the Pan American Track competitions will continue, with the discussion of the men’s and women’s sprint tests, the men’s individual pursuit, the points test and the first omnium competitions for ladies.

The medal table shows Canada at the top with four golds, Mexico reached three and Trinidad and Tobago files one. The rest of the nations with medals are Colombia, the United States and Suriname.

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