Posted by Editoress on 09/6/15
Canada earned two gold medals and one bronze medal on Saturday at the 2015 UCI Track Pan American Championships in Santiago, Chile, with Stephanie Roorda winning the Points Race and Monique Sullivan sprinting her way to gold in the Women's Sprint.
In the women's 20km Points Race, it was Steph Roorda winning the first gold for Team Canada at these Track Pan American Championships. Roorda, with superb support from her teammate Kirsti Lay, amassed 43 points to take the win over the USA's Kimberly Giest with 38 points. Roorda was thrilled with her win, capping off a successful summer campaign where she won twice in August in European road races.
Monique Sullivan took no mercy of her competition, winning both her semi-final and the finals to capture the gold medal. Sullivan won the same event at the Pan Am Games earlier this summer and is establishing herself as the top sprinter in the Americas. Her teammate Kate O'Brien wasn't so lucky, ending up in fourth place.
The women's Omnium kicked off on Saturday also, with Allison Beveridge placing sixth in a very tactical 10km Scratch Race. Riding against Sara Hammer in the next discipline, the 3000m pursuit, Allison posted a personal best of 3:39.7 to finish third and move into fourth overall place heading into the final race of the day, the Elimination. Displaying skill and tenacity, Allison fought off aggressive challenges from the Mexican and Venezuelan riders to finish second and move into third place in the overall standings heading into the last three events on Sunday.
In the men's Omnium, Remi Pelletier-Roy had a stellar day, climbing from eighth place after Friday's races, to finish in third place and earn the bronze medal. Sitting in fourth place overall heading into the Points Race, he went on to win multiple intermediate sprints to secure enough points to take the bronze medal.
Canada now has 13 medals at this important Rio 2016 Olympic Qualifying competition.
1 Monique Sullivan (Canada)
2 Juliana Gaviria (Colombia)
3 Lisandra Guerra (Cuba)
4 Kate O'Brien (Canada)
5 Martha Bayona (Colombia)
6 Jessica Salazar (Mexico)
7 Luz Gaxiola (Mexico)
8 Marynes Prada (Venezuela)
9 Mariesthela Vilera (Venezuela)
10 Melissa Erickson (USA)
11 Karen Cruz Carranza (El Salvador)
12 Dana Feiss (USA)
13 Jodi Goodridge (Trinidad & Tobago)
14 Aziza Browne (Trinidad & Tobago)
15 Paula Villalón (Chile)
16 María Paz Vicencio (Chile)
Women Points Race
1 Stephanie Roorda (Canada) 43 pts
2 Kim Geist (USA) 38
3 Arlenis Sierra (Cuba)35
4 Denisse Ahumada (Chile) 35
5 Cristina Greve (ARG) 23
6 Ana Suarez (Ecuador) 7
7 Kirsti Lay (Canada) 7
8 Tela Crane (USA) 0
9 Miryam Núñez (Ecuador) 0
10 Daniela Guajardo (Chile) -20
11 Barroso Micaela (ARG) -20
DNF Campbell (Trinidad & Tobago)
DNF Teniel (Trinidad & Tobago)
1 Juan Esteban Arango (Colombia) 223
2 Ignacio Prado (Mexico) 213
3 Remi Pelletier-Roy (Canada) 191
4 Manuel Briceño (Venezuela) 190
5 Bobby Lea (USA) 179
6 Cristopher Mansilla (Chile) 179
7 Varum Maharajh (Trinidad & Tobago) 178
8 Monteiro Rodrigues (Brazil) 169
9 José Ragonessi (Ecuador) 75
10 Marloe Rodman (Jamaica) 18
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