September 07, 2015 (Santiago, Chile) – Canada earned two gold medals and one bronze medal on Day 4 at the 2015 UCI Track Pan-American Championships in Santiago, Chile with Stephanie Roorda winning the Points Race and Monique Sullivan winning gold in the women’s Sprint.
Sprinter Monique Sullivan took no mercy of her competition on Saturday, Sept. 5, winning both her semi-final and finals to capture the gold medal. Sullivan won the same event at the Pan-Am Games earlier this summer and is establishing herself as the women’s sprinter to beat in the Americas. Her teammate Kate O’Brien wasn’t so lucky today, ending up in fourth place.
In the women’s 20km Points Race, it was Steph Roorda winning the first gold for Team Canada at these Track Pan-American Championships. Roorda, with superb support from her teammate Kirsti Lay, amassed 43 points to take the win over USA’s Kimberly Giest with 38 points. Roorda was thrilled with her win, capping off a successful summer campaign where she won twice in August in European road races.
The women’s Omnium kicked off with Allison Beveridge placing sixth in a very tactical 10km scratch race. Riding against Sara Hammer in the next discipline, the 3000m pursuit, Beveridge posted a personal best of 3:39.7 to finish third and move into fourth overall place heading into the final race of the day, the elimination. Displaying skill and tenacity, Beveridge fought off aggressive challenges from the Mexican and Venezuelan riders to finish second and move into third place in the overall standings heading into the last three events tomorrow.
In the men’s Omnium, Remi Pelletier-Roy had a stellar day climbing from eighth place after yesterday’s races, to finish in third place and earn a bronze medal. Sitting in fourth place overall heading into the points race, he went on to win multiple intermediate sprints to secure enough points to take the bronze medal.
Canada now has 13 medals at this important Rio 2016 Olympic Qualifying competition.
Day 5 – Sept. 6
Canada added three medals to its tally Sunday, Sept. 6 at the 2015 UCI Pan-American Championships in Santiago, Chile.
Sullivan won the women’s Keirin while Beveridge climbed the women’s Omnium ranking to take the silver medal. Hugo Barrette took the bronze medal in the men’s sprint in a tightly disputed contest.
With the gold medals in the women’s Sprint and Keirin and a bronze medal in the women’s Team Sprint, Sullivan ends these successful Pan-American Championships with three medals.
Hugo Barrette, who made his international breakthrough with two gold and a bronze medal at the recent Pan-American Games in Toronto, went on to win the bronze medal. In his semi-final against his friend and training partner Njisane Phillip of Trinidad and Tobago, he conceded the victory in a hard-fought battle. He made up for his semi-final loss in the bronze medal dual, taking the victory by beating in two clean heats his opponent from Venezuela.
In the women’s Omnium race, Beveridge went on to win the silver medal. Heading into final day on Sunday, she was sitting in third place of the Omnium race standings. In the last three races, she managed to gain a spot, climbing to the second place overall for the silver medal.
Canada ended these Championships, an important Rio 2016 Olympic Qualifying competition, with 16 medals.