The national and international para-cyclists met the Velodrome’s track this Tuesday (20) at the official trainings for the Rio 2018 Para-Cycling Track World Championship at Barra’s Olympic Park, at Rio de Janeiro. The competition will be the first one to count points for the ranking that will select the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games participants. There will be 222 athletes from 30 countries on the World Championship, from March 22 to 25.
One of the great athletes of the competition is the American Jamie Whitmore, C3 category. With 41 years old she has two Paralympic medals at para-cycling. At Rio 2016 she won the road trial and got a silver medal at the 3.000m individual pursuit. “I hope to be as fast at the World Championship as I was at the Paralympic Games. I am really happy to be back at Rio, the track is still very good, fast. It is going to be fun, I love competing. I always want to be better than I was before”, said the American.
At the C3 category, Jamie will face great athletes like the Australian Simone Kennedy and the British Megan Giglia, also Paralympic medalists. For men, David Nicholas (AUS) and Joseph Berenyi (USA) are probably going to perform an exciting duel.
The C2 category for women has been dominated by three athletes recently, Amanda Reid (AUS), who won three golds at the las World Championship; Alyda Norbruis (NED), two golds at Rio 2016; and Zeng Shi (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 British Jody 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.
With the biggest delegation of its history – 11 athletes -, Brazil will have experienced cyclists like Lauro Chaman (C5), who won two medals at Rio 2016 and younger athletes like Carlos Alberto Soares e Victor Luise Herling. At tandem, Marcia Fanhani has a new pilot, Taise Benato. “Being here again after the Rio Games is a privilege. I am very happy with Taise, my pilot. We are getting along very well, we already compete together at tha National Championship last year, said Marcia.
Other athletets to keep na eye for men on C5 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.
The biggest delegations at the Championship are also from the countries with more tradition on Para-Cycling: Great Britain (22 competitors), United States (18), Russia (18), Australia (16), Ireland (13), China and Spain (12), Brazil (11) and Malaysia (10). The competition will have 48 Rio 2016 Paralympic Games medalists (26 men and 22 women).
The official trainings continue Wednesday (21). They start from 8am with Australia, Malaysia, Belgium and Ghana (check the complete schedule below). Trainings are open for press.
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 21 – Wednesday
8h às 9h30 – AUS, MAS, BEL, 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 main entrance – Gate 28 – Embaixador Abelardo Bueno avenue
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