Monday, February 19, 2018

Hartwell happy with World Cup performance*

Ahead of schedule

COMMENDABLE EFFORT: Three members of Trinidad and Tobago’s sprint team that recently competed in Belarus—from left, Nicholas Paul, Njisane Phillip and Kwesi Browne—are seen on their way to the silver medals in the men’s team sprint event at the Elite Pan American Track Cycling Championships, held at the National Cycling Centre in Balmain, Couva, in August last year. --Photo: DEXTER PHILIP


“It far exceeded expectations,”
National cycling sprint coach Erin Hartwell was more than satisfied with the national team’s performance at the Belarus leg of the UCI World Cup series last weekend.
The group of Njisane Phillip, Nicholas Paul and Kwesi Browne produced T&T’s best performance in the team sprint at a World Cup, placing seventh after getting out of the qualifying round for the first time and establishing their best time at sea level—44.282 seconds— in being edged out by a Dutch trio in the first round.
“We are ahead of schedule. Of course we have high expectations but this is all a process,” Hartwell told the Express on Thursday.
Not only was Hartwell impressed with the times produced, but also with the attitude his riders displayed in competition. He cited the case of Phillip.

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