RIO – Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, B.C. reached the podium three times in a four-medal performance for Canada this past weekend at the Para cycling world track championships.
As he did on the same track at the Paralympic Games in 2016, Chernove collected one gold, one silver and one bronze.
He opened the championships with a victory in the C2 3000-m individual pursuit, successfully defending his world title in that event. The next day he took the silver in the 1000-m time trial and concluded the event with bronze in the scratch race.
“It was really nice to be back at the Rio velodrome,” said Chernove, “I’m glad to be the world champion again. I won’t say it was a comfortable race, but I had everything under control and the ride went well.”
Canada’s other medal was a silver earned by Ross Wilson of Edmonton in the C-1 individual pursuit.
“The qualifying went really well,” said Wilson. “I posted a personal best. In the final I tried my absolute best, and it turned out it was a little bit shy of what was required.”
Other Canadian results included:
Marie-Claude Molnar of of St-Hubert, Quebec: eighth in the women’s C4 500m time trial; fourth in the C4 Individual Pursuit
Keely Shaw of Saskatoon, 10th in the women’s C4 500m time trial; fifth in the C4 Individual Pursuit.
Wilson was also fourth in the men’s C1 1000 metre time trial.
“I’m very happy with the team’s results,’’ said Sebastien Travers, Para Head Coach for Cycling Canada. ‘’I’m pleased with how we stand compared to other nations that were here for these world championships; the level of competition was quite high.
‘’All of this cannot happen without the strong support of Cycling Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and a huge thanks to our staff, who worked tirelessly all week.”