March 19, 2016 (Montichiari, ITA) – Marie-Claude Molnar of Montreal, QC, was the top Canadian rider on Saturday at the Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy. Molnar finished fifth in the Women’s C4 Individual Pursuit, recording a time of 4:10.184 for the 3000 metre time trial. Molnar’s time was 2.714 seconds behind fourth, which would have put her in the medal round. Molnar also raced in the C4-5 Scratch Race, finishing 12th.
“The Pursuit is always an interesting race for me,” said Molnar. “It is the race that I train for. I was sick [before the Worlds], unfortunately; it’s something that happens. My coach was there to push me and it helped tremendously. I had a personal best at sea level, and I’m really glad about that. The objective for me in the Scratch Race was to gain some experience in the pack, because we were racing C4 and C5 combined. I think I did a good job in that race.”
The only other Canadians competing were the Men’s Tandem team of Daniel Chalifour (Mont-Laurier, QC) and Jean-Michel Lachance (Quebec, QC), who finished 15th in the Men’s 1000 metre Time Trial, with a time of one minute and 5.172 seconds. Chalifour and Lachance were 0.673 seconds out of the top-10.
The world championships conclude on Sunday with only one Canadian rider competing – Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, BC, in the Men’s C1-2-3 Scratch Race Final. Chernove has already won two gold medals at these championships, in the C2 category.