With two titles and medals in the four finals, the Canadian delegation was the most outstanding on the first day of the Pan American Elite Track Cycling Championship, which began this Wednesday in Lima, Peru, with the presence of cyclists from 19 nations.
The first of Canada’s two gold medals was provided by the women’s sprint team, made up of Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell, Sarah Orbam and Lauriane Genest, registering 47.968 seconds, less than the triad of Mexico (48.044) and Colombia (48.451). .
In the same event, but in the men’s branch, the crown went to the team from Trinidad and Tobago, led by that speed phenomenon Paul Nicholas, who was accompanied by Zion Pulido and Brown Kwesi. The Caribbean scored 43,860 seconds, three thousandths better than the Canadian team (43,863); while with the bronze remained Colombia (44,026).
Then it was the turn of the scratch (f), in which the Barbadian Amber Joseph won the gold, by dominating the final sprint of this race, leaving the American Colleen Gulik in second place, and the Canadian Sarah Van Dam in third place. seat.
The last final played this Wednesday corresponded to the men’s elimination event, in which another representative from Canada, Dylan Bibic, took first place, escorted by Jordan Parra from Colombia and Eddy Huntsman from the United States, silver and bronze, respectively.
This Thursday, August 11, the Championship will continue with the second day of competition with the Women’s Elimination, Men’s Scratch, Men’s Team Pursuit, Men’s Kerin and Women’s Team Pursuit.
On this first date, the official opening ceremony of the fair was held, which was attended by important sports authorities, followed by a cultural show, by the Semilla Crew dance group.
The president of the Peruvian Cycling Sports Federation, Gustavo Matus de la Parra, welcomed all the delegations and authorities. Federico Tong, Executive Director of the Pan American Games Legacy Special Project, and
Parapan Americans, José Manuel Peláez, president of the Pan American Cycling Confederation (COPACI) and the mayor of San Luis, Carlos Corrales.