The official trainings for the Rio 2018 Para-Cycling Track World Championship will begin Tuesday (20) morning at Barra Olympic Park’s Velodrome, at Rio de Janeiro. Almost 240 athletes from 30 countries are on the city for the competition that will happen between March 22 and 25. The trainings will start at 8am with athletes from Great Britain, China, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romenia and Ukraine. The brazilian team’s training starts at 3:30pm (check the complete schedule below). Trainings are open for press.
“Sixty percent of our Rio Paralympic Games athletes are here for the World Championship We already know the crowd’s excitement and the city’s energy. The audience has been very welcoming. We like here, the track is very good. We have athletes in a great level and some that are in evolution. We hope doing a great competiton”, said Peter Day, Australia’s head coach. The Australia delegation has 16 athletes at the Championship and starts training at 11am.
Para-Cycling biggest stars will be at the World Championship. We can expect na exciting duel between David Nicholas (AUS) and Joseph Berenyi (USA) at C3. At the women’s same category all of the paralympic and the last two World Championships medalists will be at the competition: Simone Kennedy (AUS), Jamie Whitmore (USA), Megan Giglia (GBR) and Denise Schindler (GER) won all the medals of the last two World Championships and Games.
The C2 category for women has been dominated by three athletes recently: Amanda Reid (AUS), who won the three gold medals at the last World Championship; Alyda Norbruis (NED), two golds at Rio 2016; and Zeng Sini (CHN), two golds at the 2016 World Championship. For the men the greatest athlete on this Championship is the Canadian Tristen Chernove, who won 6 out of the last 8 gold medals on big competitions – three at the 2017 World Championship, one at the 2016 Rio Games and two on the 2016 World Championship. For the C1 category, Ross Wilson (CAN) and Li Jieli (CHN) are the biggest names.
The geatest medalists from C4 are also in Rio: the Slovakian Josef Metelka (only representant of the country on the competition); the BritishJody Cundy and the Australian Kyle Bridgwood. Shawn Morelli (USA), Marie-Claude Molnar (CAN), Meg Lemon (AUS), Ruan Jianping (CHN) and Kate Horan (NZL) are the most likely to win women athletes.
The Brazilian Lauro Chaman who won two medals at the Rio Games is one of the stars of the C5 category. Other athletets to keep na eye on are: the British Jonathan Gildea and Jon-Allan Butterworth, the American Cristopher Murphy, the Australian Alistair Donohoe, the Ukranian Yehor Dementyev and the Spanish Alfonso Cabello Llamas. For women, the Americans Samantha Bosco and Jeniffer Schuble, the British Sarah Storey and Crystal Lane-Wright, the Chinese Zhou Jufang and the Argentinean Mariela Analia Delgado are the greatest names.
“I am very happy to be competing again in Rio where I lived the happiest moment of my career. I am very grateful for having this opportunity to dispute a World Championship in Brazil, with the support of all my friends and family”, said Lauro Chaman.
The biggest delegations at the Championship are also from the countries with more tradition on Para-Cycling: Great Britain (22 competitors), United States (18), Australia (16), Russia (14), Ireland (13), China and Spain (12), Brazil (11), Malasia (10), Argentina, Netherlands and New Zealand (09). The competition will have 48 Rio 2016 Paralympic Games medalists (26 men and 22 women).
Rio’s World Championship – the first of the modality to happen at Brazil – is even more important because it is the first big competition to count points for the ranking that will select the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games participants. Para-Cycling is the third sport with most medals of the Games, after Athletics and Swimming. The World Championship has three trials on each category – Tandem (for blinds), C1, C2, C3, C4 and C5 (for physical disabled and amputated) – for men and women. Besides that, there is also a Sprint trial with mixed teams.
The Para-Cycling Track World Championship is a realization of CBC, with support from the Agency of the Olympic Legacy (AGLO), the Ministery of Sports and the Brazilian Paralympic Comittee.
Official trainings schedules (open for press)
March 20 – Tuesday
8h às 9h30 – GBR, CHN, HUN, CZE, ROU, UKR
9h30 às 11h – USA, NED, ARG, EST
11h às 12h30 – AUS, MAS, BEL, GRE, GHA
12h30 às 14h – NZL, COL, FRA, ITA, POL, DOM, HUN
14h às 15h30 – ESP, IRL, JPN, GER, SVK
15h30 às 17h – RUS, BRA, VEN, CAN, SWE
March 21 – Wednesday
8h às 9h30 -AUS, MAS, BEL, GRE, GHA
9h30 às 11h – NZL, COL, FRA, ITA, POL, DOM, HUN
11h às 12h30 – ESP, IRL, JPN, GER, SVK
12h30 às 14h – RUS, BRA, VEN, CAN, SWE
14h às 15h30 – GBR, CHN, HUN, CZE, ROU, UKR
15h30 às 17h – USA, NED, ARG, EST
What: Para-Cycling Track World Championship
Where: Barra Olympic Park’s Velodrome
When: From March 22 to March 25
Competition times: Morning sessions: from 10am and afternoon sessions from 3pm
*Gates will be open at 9am
Barra Olympic Park’s main entrance – Gate 28 – Embaixador Abelardo Bueno avenue
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