Thursday, February 22, 2018

Team sprint silver for junior women


Silver medallists: The Trinidad and Tobago pair of Keiana Lester and Kollyn St George, left, show off their silver medals after placing second in the Junior Women’s Team Sprint at the Junior Pan American Cycling Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico on Sunday.

Mark Fraser

 The Trinidad and Tobago pair of Kollyn St George and Keiana Lester captured silver with a record ride in the team sprint event at the 2014 Junior Pan American Cycling Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico on Sunday.

St George and Lester shattered the previous Junior and Elite national records in the event after clocking a time of 35.967 seconds in the qualifying round to better Jodi Goodridge and Denese Francis’ time of 37.120 set in Mexico City in 2010.

St George and Lester, also competed in the event together last year when they just missed out on a podium finish after placing fourth.

This year, they finished ahead of the Colombian pair of Luisa Fernanda Parra and Valentina Ocampo who placed third.

T&T faced defending champions Mexico’s Yuli Paola Verdugo and Mariana Valadez in the gold medal ride with the Mexicans coming out on top.

Yesterday T&T’s Akil Campbell faced the clock in the 3km individual pursuit and came a fraction of a second short of setting a new national record when he crossed the line in a time of three minutes 31.969 seconds which helped him finish tenth overall.

First in that event was Colombia’s Andres Wilmar Paredes which stopped the clock at 3:14.721.

Campbell was also scheduled to compete in the keirin even but did not start.

Lester and St George will be contesting the Sprints while Campbell will start the omnium.