Posted by Editoress on 10/22/21
Canada won its first medal of the Track World Championships on Thursday, with Olympic Sprint champion Kelsey Mitchell taking the bronze medal against team mate Lauriane Genest. The Canadians each went up against a German rider in the semi-finals and lost, setting up the bronze medal showdown, while the Germans took gold and silver.
"I feel great," said Mitchell. "I've never medaled at a Worlds before; I was fourth last year and got to watch the medal ceremony from afar. So, it was really exciting to be a part of it. Germany brought it today - they were both racing quite well. It was Germany versus Canada, and unfortunately Canada took third and fourth. Having to race your team mate and one of your best friends for the bronze medal ... mixed emotions. But when it's race time, it's game time. She [Genest] raced really well, so i'm really happy to come away with the bronze medal."
In other events, Ngaire Barraclough represented Canada in the Women's Omnium, making it through the qualifier before going down in a crash in the Scratch Race. She quickly rebounded to finish the race, but went down again in a massive pileup in the Elimination Race and was ranked 21st. She did not start the Points Race final. Other than a few splinters, she appears to be fine. Also racing for Canada was Ryan Dodyk in the Men's 1000 metre Time Trial, where he finished 13th, 0.148 seconds out of the top ten.
Track World Championships: Day 3 results
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