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Paul delivers kilo bronze

Monday, September 3, 2018
T&T’s Nicholas Paul, left, showed everyone his true fighting spirit to win the silver medal in the Men’s Sprint after crashing hard while traveling at top speed in the 3rd and decisive matchup against Hugo Barrette of Canada, centre. Paul, 19, got back on his bike to re-ride the decider but was still shaken up from the crash. Paul has already started to heap praises for his gutsy display in capturing second. Colombia’s Kevin Quinrtero is at right.

Nicholas Paul secured his second medal, a bronze after he placed third in the 1Kilometre Time Trial event behind a time a 59.450 seconds Pan American Elite Track Cycling and Caribbean Championship in Aguascalientes, Toluca, Mexico, yesterday.

Paul, 19, qualified as the second fastest after a new national record time of 59.443 seconds. With that effort, Paul became the first T&T cyclist to dip below the one minute or 60-seconds barrier. On Saturday night, the T&T champ was beaten in the sprint final 2-1 despite crashing hard while in the third ride-off with the rides even at 1-1, against Canadian Hugo Barrette, who eventually denied Paul the gold.

Paul defeated Jair Tjon en Fa of Suriname in the semi-finals in three rides. He also copped top honours in the Caribbean Championships while teammate Keron Bramble grabbed bronze.

On Thursday, the team of Njisane Phillip, Paul, Kwesi Browne and Keron Bramble sped away with the gold in the Team Sprint event and with it set a new Pan American record 42. 681 seconds while holding off Colombia (43.095) for second and Brazil (43.860) for the bronze.

Akil Campbell dug deep in the Omnium Points Race to lap the bunch twice on his way to finishing 10th overall and first in the Caribbean Championships.

Meanwhile, Jabari Whiteman, 17, shattered the previous record of 1:03.389 to clock a time of 1:01.053 in his Junior Kilometres ride. He’s now ranked as T&T’s third fastest kilo rider in the sport local history.

Compatriot Quincy Alexander finished 12th overall with a time of 1:02.114 and did not advance any further in the event.

Alexi Costa secured bronze in the Women’s Scratch race in the Caribbean Track Championships.

T&T ends the Championships with a gold, silver and bronze in the Elite class and in the Caribbean championship the team captured five gold, six silver and three bronze medals.

In addition to the medals, the cyclist’s riders established three new Pan American records in the Team Sprint, Standing 250m and Flying 200m ride. Also, five new national records were set in the Team Sprint,

Flying 200m, standing 250m, 1km Time Trial and Junior 1km Time Trial races. Paul became the second fastest man alive in the Flying 200m with his 9.387-second clocking while Njisane Phillip’s 17.049 Standing 250 among he top five fastest times ever recorded times.

T&T’s athletes gained massive Olympic Qualification and UCI points with their exceptional performances.


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