Team Canada Wraps Up Pan Am Track Championships with 15 Medals

Cochabamba, Bolivia (September 10, 2019) – Team Canada concluded day five of the Pan American Track Championships in Cochabamba, Bolivia, by winning three more medals in the Keirin and Kilo events, bringing the total tally up to fifteen medals.

 

Lauriane Genest and Kelsey Mitchell went head-to-head in the Keirin final, with Genest ultimately taking the lead and sprinting to gold, while her teammate took home her first bronze medal of the Championships. Vincent de Haitre also finished third in the Kilo, and recorded a personal best time of 58.951.

Over the last five days of competition, Team Canada won 8 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals, and amassed critical qualification points for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The squad also kicked off the season by setting six Canadian, five Pan Am and one world record, and the Men’s Team Pursuit squad became the second nation in history to ride faster than 3:50, while the women’s squad became the third nation to ride under 4:14.

“This was an amazing way to kick off the second year of Olympic qualifying,” said Cycling Canada high performance director Kris Westwood. “Our track team was well prepared for the Pan Am championships, but we really weren’t sure how the athletes would do at altitude – especially after the long trip to central Bolivia. Kelsey’s world record and winning so many medals was quite a bit above expectations, and certainly mission accomplished from the point of view of Olympic qualification. On a more sobering note, Hugo’s injury is a really big blow, and we hope he can recover in time for the world cups in December to lock in his Olympic qualification.”

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Results

Gold – Women’s Team Pursuit (Allison Beveridge, Georgia Simmerling, Ariane Bonhomme, Annie Foreman-Mackey), Men’s Team Pursuit (Derek Gee, Jay Lamoureux, Vincent de Haitre, Michael Foley, Aidan Caves), Women’s Team Sprint (Kelsey Mitchell & Lauriane Genest), Points Race (Michael Foley), Sprint (Kelsey Mitchell), Individual Pursuit (Georgia Simmerling), Omnium (Derek Gee), Keirin (Lauriane Genest)

Silver – Omnium (Allison Beveridge), Individual Pursuit (Annie Foreman-Mackey)

Bronze – Scratch Race (Kinley Gibson & Aidan Caves), Individual Pursuit (Jay Lamoureux), Keirin (Kelsey Mitchell), Kilo (Vincent de Haitre)

 


Source: Cycling Canada

Record-setting Day for Canada at Pan Am Track Championships

Cochabamba, Bolivia (September 6, 2019) – Team Canada had an exceptional start to the Pan American Track Championships in Cochabamba, Bolivia, with riders setting Canadian and Pan American records in four separate events. Kelsey Mitchell kicked off the second day of competition by setting a new World and Pan Am record in the 200m Sprint with a time of 10.154, and went on to win all of her heats to qualify for the semi-finals today.

“It felt pretty great to establish a new record,” said Mitchell. “The track is fast here and the air is thin, so I knew the record would be beaten but I didn’t know if I would be the one to do it. I’m pumped about my time but I’m focused on the next race and hoping to make it all the way to the final.”

On the endurance side, both women’s and men’s Team Pursuit squads set records, with the women setting a time of 4:13.488 and the men 3:49.974, which earned them both gold medals and automatic qualifications to the World Championships. In individual events, both Kinley Gibson and Aidan Caves won bronze in the Scratch Race on Wednesday.

In the women’s Team Sprint, Lauriane Genest and Kelsey Mitchell set a record time of 32.232 seconds, and went on to win the gold medal in the Final against Mexico. Defending Keirin champion Hugo Barrette made it to the semi-finals, but had an unfortunate crash during the race and will be unable to return to competition this week. Joel Archambault finished 4th in the event.


Source: Cycling Canada
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