Records but no medals for Phillip, Maharaj
Top Trinidad and Tobago track cyclist Njisane Phillip sped to a new Pan American and national record but finished eighth overall in the Men’s Sprint event yesterday in Aguascalientes, Mexico, in an event in which a new world record was established.
At the UCI Track World Cycling Cup, Phillip pedalled to a fast 9.643 seconds for the qualifying round of the Men’s Flying 200m. That was the tenth fastest qualifying time.
Francois Pervis of France produced a scintillating speed ride and new world record effort of 9.347 in the sprint to be the fastest qualifier. Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer was the second fastest at 9.459 with the Czech Republic’s Pavel Keleman third fastest in 9.558.
The old record was set in 2009 in Moscow by another Frenchman, Kevin Sireau (9.572).
Phillip advanced to the quarter-finals after defeating Jeffery Hoogaland (NED) in the 1/8 final in straight rides.
But in that round, Phillip was dominated by Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer where he lost in two straight rides.
In the fifth to eighth place ride-off, Phillip finished eighth behind Team Erdgas’ Maximilian Levy, and the French pair of Pervis and Michael D’Almeida.
The other T&T cyclist in action on the day, Varun Maharaj, also had a new personal best and national record in the 4km Individual Pursuit with a time of 4:38.450. He was 15th in the event that is part of the Men’s Omnium, and was 19th of 20th overall with Ukraine’s Valdyslav Kreminskyi being disqualified.
Phillip will next take to the track in the Men’s Keirin event, riding out of heat four today.