The American Kristen Faulkner, sixth in the world in the time trial in 2022, comfortably won the event at the XIX Pan American Games, while the Cuban Arlenis Sierra finished with silver and the Chilean Aranza Villalón took the bronze.

Faulkner, a Harvard graduate, Silicon Valley investor and professional runner for the UCI Women’s Continental Team Team Jayco–AlUla, needed a time of 25:45.38 to win the gold medal ahead of Sierra (26:07.11) and Villalón (26:07.28), in a competition held on Isla de Maipo, on the outskirts of Santiago de Chile.

The American succeeds her compatriot Chloe Dygert in Pan-American glory, one of the most successful cyclists in her country, Olympic medalist in Rio de Janeiro 2016 and Tokyo 2000 in the team pursuit event.

“I came to maintain dominance in this event (the Americans have only lost in the 2007 and 2011 editions) and the circuit seemed very good to me, although I had the pressure of good runners,” said Faulkner, who had not had any relevant results. in this 2023.

Cuba, with the multi-laureate at the regional and continental level, Arlenis Sierra, took the silver medal, which according to the rider was her goal before taking the start on the ramp. “This will help me for the road test next Sunday,” commented the two-time queen on the routes of these Games (2011 and 2019).

The Chilean Villalón scored 17 hundredths more than the islander and was third. “I wanted the gold, but this is a plus, today would have been different, because a few days ago I lost my brother at the hands of a hitman,” the Chilean runner revealed to the media.

“I thank my work team and the Olympic Committee, which bought me a new bike for this Pan American Games, because we must be at the level of the rivals. Thanks also to my technician Daniel Bretti,” said the Chilean Aranza Villalón, who suffered the tragic death of her brother two days ago in an incident on public roads.

Resultados CRI Femenina – Santiago – Santiago (20,1 km)

1Kristen FaulknerEstados Unidos0:25:4546.835
2Arlenis SierraCuba0:2246.177
3Aranza VillalónChile,,46.177
4Lauren StephensEstados Unidos0:4245.595
5Agua Marina EspínolaParaguay1:2244.474
6Ngaire BarracloughCanadá1:2644.365
7Lina Marcela HernándezColombia1:4243.934
8Diana Carolina PeñuelaColombia1:5943.486
9Andrea RamírezMéxico2:2142.918
10 Ana Paula PolegatchBrasil2:2342.867
11Lilibeth ChacónVenezuela2:2542.817
12Ruby WestCanadá2:2742.766
13Catalina SotoChile2:2942.715
14Lina Mabel RojasColombia2:4642.291
15Marcela PrietoMéxico2:5042.192
16Miryam Maritza NuñezEcuador2:5142.168