Posted by Editoress on 07/20/15
Canada concluded the track cycling portion of the Pan Am Games on Sunday with a bang, winning five medals, including a third gold for Monique Sullivan in the Women's Sprint, the ninth gold for cycling at these Games. Kate O'Brien finished second to Sullivan in the Sprint, while Jasmin Glaesser took silver in the Women's Omnium, Hugo Barrette took bronze in the Men's Keirin and the Men took a bronze in the Team Pursuit.
Sullivan leading O'Brien in Women's Sprint Final
Sullivan and O'Brien, sprint team mates who took gold in the Team Sprint, went head-to-head for the Sprint title. O'Brien, who has moved to cycling full time from Bobsleigh, is still clearly learning the tactical side of sprinting, but improving quickly; pushing Sullivan much harder then she did at the Nationals in January.
In the Men's Team Pursuit, Ed Veal was substituted in for Adam Jamieson for the bronze medal race. Canada was up against Venezuela and finished 1.772 seconds ahead.
Men Team Pursuit
Men Team Pursuit gallery
Hugo Barrette was going for his third gold after winning the Team Sprint and Sprint in what is usually his best event - the Keirin. However, he got boxed in when American Matt Baranoski jumped over the top followed by other riders and only managed to recover to third by the finish line.
Women's Omnium Podium
The final medal event on the track was the Women's Omnium. American Sarah Hammer had a strong lead after the first day of competition with Glaesser in second. However, Cuba's Marlies Mjias took wins in both the 500m time trial and Flying Lap to move into second prior to the final event; the Points Race.
Mejias scored early points to increase her hold on second place over Glaesser, but the Canadian rider waited until the second half of the race, when she took a lap with Christina Greve (Argentina) and Lizbeth Salazar (Mexico). Mejias missed the lap gain, putting Glaesser solidly in the silver medal spot.
Canada took ten medals on the track, including six gold, with every track rider on the team sharing in the medal count.