Canada wins four medals at UCI Para Cycling World Championships in Rio

Canadian Paralympic Committee

March 26, 2024

The team of six Canadian cyclists recorded four podium finishes, including silver and bronze medals for rising star Mel Pemble.

Mel Pemble competing on the velodrome

By Cycling Canada

Canada shone at the 2024 UCI Para Cycling Track World Championships, held March 20-24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, racking up a total of four medals.

On the first day of competition, Mel Pemble of Victoria, BC, clinched Canada’s first medal with a silver in the Women’s C3 500m Time Trial. She scored the second fastest time stopping the clock at 39.573s, just 0.093s behind gold medallist Xiaomei Wang, of China while Aniek Van Den Aarsen, of the Netherlands took the bronze medal.



On that same day, Tokyo 2020 Paralympic medallists Kate O’Brien, of Calgary, AB, and Keely Shaw, Midale, SK, were also in action in the women’s C4 category. They finished fifth and ninth in the 500m time trial.

On Friday, March 22nd, Shaw, won the bronze medal in the Women’s C4 Individual Pursuit. After qualifying in fourth position, she scored a time of 3:54.093 in the bronze medal final against Anna Grace Taylor (4:00.732) of New Zealand. The gold medal was awarded to Emily Petricola of Australia, who scored a time of 3:46.317 in her heat against Samantha Bosco (USA) who finished with a time difference of 7.690s. That same day, Alex Hayward of Quispamsis, NB, finished fifth in the men’s C3 individual pursuit, just short of qualifying for the bronze final.

Looking to add a third omnium title to her collection, Pemble ended up taking the bronze medal on March 23, where she went on to score another second position in the 200m flying sprint, before finishing fifth in the individual pursuit and sixth in the scratch race. Pemble accumulated a total of 138 points, while the gold medal went to Xiaomei Wang of China (160 points) and the silver to Aniek Van den Aarssen of the Netherlands (146 points).

Surprising the field on the last day of competition, Hayward, of Quispamsis, NB, won a silver medal in the Men C3 scratch race Hayward crossed the line alongside Jaco Van Gass of Great-Britain and Masaki Fujita, of Japan, who respectively won gold and bronze.



“All in all, these are great performances from our athletes,” National Team Coach Sébastien Travers said. “We are accumulating a lot of key learning as well as a better understanding of the priorities ahead in preparation for the Paralympic Games. I’m very proud of our team and grateful to the staff members who have contributed to the athletes’ success.”

Cycling Canada Para Cycling Team:

  • Alex Hayward (Men C3)
    • Silver (Scratch Race), 5th (Individual Pursuit), 7th (Omnium), 11th (Time Trial) 
  • Kate O’Brien (Women C4)
    • 5th (Time Trial), 11th (Omnium), 12th (Scratch Race), 14th (Individual Pursuit)
  • Mel Pemble (Women C3)
    • Silver (Time Trial), Bronze (Omnium), 5th (Individual Pursuit), 6th (Scratch Race)
  • Keely Shaw (Women C4)
    • Bronze (Individual Pursuit), 9th (Time Trial), 10th (Omnium), 13th (Scratch Race)  
  • Lowell Taylor/Ed Veal (Men B)
    • 10th (Individual Pursuit), 14th (Sprint), 16th (Time Trial)

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