Posted by Editoress on 01/26/20
Canadian sprinter Kelsey Mitchell added a silver medal in the women's Sprint on Saturday to the gold she won a day earlier in the Team Sprint at the Track World Cup in Milton, Ontario. This brings the Canadian tally after three days to four medals - one gold, one silver and two bronze.
Mitchell is the world record holder in the 200 metre time trial that is used in sprint qualifying, and she did not disappoint, qualifying first with a time of 10.624 seconds. Canadian NextGen rider Sarah Orban also had a good result in her first World Cup, qualifying seventh and finishing tenth overall.
Mitchell, who has been battling a stomach bug, won her eighth, quarter and semi-final races to move into the gold medal final against Laurine van Riessen of the Netherlands. van Riessen, who qualified second, used her years of experience to hold off the faster Mitchell and win the gold medal in two straight rides.
"Winning the gold medal yesterday was amazing, alongside my team mate Lauriane Genest," said Mitchell. "It was our first time doing the Team Sprint at the World Cup level. I was happy to qualify first for the sprint this morning, but I still had to ride three rides in my quarterfinal. It was a really good learning experience for me going against van Riessen in the final; I gave it my all but came up short."
In other Canadian results, the NextGen duo of Devaney Collier and Miriam Brouwer finished 13th in the women's Madison, Jackson Kinniburgh was 18th overall after four events in the men's Omnium, and neither Hugo Barrette or Joel Archambault advanced past the Repechage race in the men's Keirin.
Dutch rider Jan Willem van Schip dominated the men's Omnium, winning the Tempo and finishing second in both the Scratch and Elimination, before taking a lap in the Points Race to solidify his lead.
In the men's Keirin, Germany's Joachim Eilers was perfect - winning both his first and second round heats before taking the gold medal final, ahead of Kevin Quintero of Colombia and Rafal Sarnecki of Poland.
The women's Madison was expected to be dominated by the British team of Laura Kenny and Neah Evans, but they were pushed hard by the Belgians and Americans, who finished only two and six points, respectively, behind the Brits.
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