Phillip returns as US Grand Prix champ
Ace Trinidad and Tobago cyclist Njisane Phillip retained the US Grand Prix of Sprinting match sprint crown on Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after a blistering performance.
On Saturday night Phillip pedalled to a new national and Pan American record in the Flying 200 metres event, clocking 9.775, the fourth best time overall as three Germans—Robert Forstemann, Stefan Nimke, and Rene Enders in that order—all eclipsed the time. Forstemann's winning time was 9.652.
However, Phillip was the overall winner, repeating his victory of a year ago. The three Germans pulled out of the late rounds of the competition.
To get to the quarter-final, Phillip defeated another German, Robert Kantner, in the second round.
Phillip also teamed up with Americans Gideon Massey and TJ Mathieson to finish third in 1:02.100 in the team sprint event, while the T&T trio of Quincy Alexander, Haseem McLean and Justin Roberts combined for seventh place of nine teams with a 1:03.480 clocking.
During the competition, which started Friday, Roberts broke Phillip's national junior Flying 200 record with his 10.429 time, while Alexander, in his first season as a senior rider, clocked a personal best 10.345 in the same event.