Posted by Editoress on 11/20/23
On Sunday, Day 2 of the Parapan Games in Santiago, Chile, Canadian cyclists won four medals in the Road Time Trial competition; two gold and two bronze.
Gold medals for Canada went to Alexandre Hayward (C3) in the Men's C1-C5 category and Nathan Clement (T1) in the combined Men/Women T1-T2 category. Bronze medals were taken by Michael Sametz (C3) in the Men's C1-C5, and Charles Moreau (H3) in the Men's H1-H5 category.
Other Canadian results include, in the Women's C1-C5 category, Keely Shaw (C4) in fourth place and Mel Pemble (C3) in seventh. Shaw missed the bronze medal by 0.65 of a second. Both Shaw and Pemble were second ranked in their individual categories. Additionally, Shelley Gautier - the Opening Ceremony Flagbearer - was fifth overall in the combined T1-T2 event, and second among T1 women.
"Mikey [Sametz] and I spent a week together in Bromont leading up to this," said Hayward. "We've kind of been joking around that it would be nice to stand on the podium together and I think to do it on the first day is pretty special. This was a unique time trial. Usually when you leave the start-finish area the fans sort of die off a bit but they were all over the course, which made it a lot of fun."
"Being here, hearing the crowd of everyone here has been absolutely amazing," said Nathan Clement. "The loud noise all throughout the course, even riding the course yesterday and seeing the mountains in the distance was absolutely breathtaking."
National Team Coach Phil Abbott added, "We came here to test out a couple of things and see what Nathan could do, I think today's been really exciting and there's hopefully a bright future for the rest of the season as we lead into Paris and get prepared for that."
"Most of the time, I visualize race situations and I visualize the stronger runners I have ahead of me that I need to catch," commented Charles Moreau. "When it's harder, I tend to think about the people at home. We spend a lot of time away from home, away from family, so often it's an extra source of motivation, to tell yourself that you're making sacrifices for them and it's affecting them too, so you push even harder."
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