Brazil is going to be well represented at the Rio 2018 Para-Cycling Track World Championship that will be held from March 22 to March 25 on the Barra Olympic Park’s Velodrome, West zone of the city. Besides the technical development due to a training season on São Paulo’s interior, the brazilian team will also have its bigger delegation ever with nine para-athletes and two pilots on the Tandem category (without disabilty). Brazil will have great names on para-cycling like the Paralympics medal winner Lauro Chaman and the Parapan-american Champion Soelito Gohr. Although that, their goal is wiinning medals in other classes and trials.
“We are going to have a professional pilot, Taise, to guide Marcinha, Johnatan, from C5 who is very good and two athletes from Goiás, Carlos Alberto from C1 and Victor from C2, who are cycling in a high level and can be a good surprise. Lauro had a very good cicle on 2016 and 2017 and must be one of the highlights. The experienced Soelito is going to focus all his energy on a single trial”, said Romolo Lazzaretti, Brazil’s delegation chief, two times track cycling european champion and Italy’s athlete on the Munich 1972 Olympic Games, “The team is well-balanced and we hope to do a great competition for our supporters”.
There is going to be 11 competitors: Marcelo Lemos Andrade (Tandem) and Marcos Novello (pilot), Carlos Alberto Soares (C1), Victor Louise Herling (C2), Fábio Sciarra Lucato (C3), Johnatan Mineiro Santos (C5), Lauro Cesar Chaman (C5), Soelito Gohr (C5), Marcia Fanhani (B class – Tandem) and Taise Benato (pilot), and Telma Aparecida Bueno (C5).
“It is an honor to be back at a competition in Rio where we were very happy, with the support of all the brazilians. Definetely the paralympic medal was the most remarkable momento of my career. We know our oponents are tough but we will give our best to get good results. We count with the help from the crowd”, said Lauro Chaman.
The coaching team was also reinforced to make a more detailed work with the athletes. Besides Lazzaretti, it will be three coaches: Claudio Civatti, Armando Camargo and Claudio Diegues. Civatti started on the national team in 2007 as a mechanic, had become auxiliar-coach and, since 2010, is the team’s coach. At the Championship he will work with the Tandem doubles. Cláudio Diegues is the Memorial Santos’s coach, one of the most traditional teams of Brazil, and is one of the most known professionals of cyclism in the country. Together with Armando, SS Indaiatuba’s athlete and responsible for the its velodrome, will be responsible for the classes C1/2/3/4 and 5 athletes.
The brazilian delegation is one of the biggest of the Championship, it is on the eighth position. The biggest are Great-Britain (22 competitors), United States (18), Australia (16), Russia (14), Ireland (13), China and Spain (12), Malasia (10) and Argentina, Netherlands and New Zealand with 9 completes the Top 10. Counting the Tandem class pilots without any disability, it will be almost 240 competitors from 30 countries on the four days of event.
The Championship has three trials in each of the categories – Tandem (for blind people), C1, C2, C3, C4 and C5 (for people with physical disability and amputated) – for men and women. Besides that, there is a Sprint trial with mixed teams. Bests teams on this category Australia, United States,, Great Britain, Spain, Russia and Belgium are confirmed on the competition.
The Rio Championship, first one of the category to be held in Brazil is even more importante because it is the first big competition to count score for the ranking that will select the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games participants. Paracyclism is the third sport with more medals on the Paralympic Games after athletits and swimming.
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