Posted by Editoress on 03/23/18
Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, BC, added a silver medal on Friday to the gold he won on Thursday at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. The Championships are taking place at the Velodromo Municipal do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the site of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Chernove came into the 1000 metre time trial for C2 men as the defending champion, after having successfully defended his Individual Pursuit title. However, he came seven-tenths of a second (0.709 seconds) short of the gold medal, finishing second to Alejandro Perea Arango of Colombia, after problems on his opening lap. Chernove was only fifth fastest on his opening lap (over 1.4 seconds slower), but fastest on the next three laps; not enough to make up for his problems at the beginning of the race.
"I'm glad I didn't fall in my slip and wobble on the opening lap but it cost me some time," admitted Chernove. "It was amazing to see a new competitor in the C2 category, the Colombian who won. A great addition to the C2 athletes and I'm looking forward to racing him in the near future."
The only other Canadian rider to compete on Friday was Ross Wilson of Edmonton, Alberta, who finished fourth in the men's C1 1000 metre time trial. Zhangyu Li of China, the Paralympic champion, won with a time of one minute and 12.586 seconds, 6.978 seconds ahead of Wilson.
A total of nine world titles were awarded on Friday, with Alyda Norbruis of the Netherlands, a Paralympic champion on this track in 2016, adding two more world titles to the one for the Individual Pursuit she won on the opening day of competition, with wins in the 500 metre time trial for C2 women and the Scratch Race for the C1-C2-C3 combined women's category.
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