Rio 2018 Para-Cycling Track World Championship will start Thursday and it’s the first competition to count points for the ranking that will select the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games participants. 222 athletes from 30 countries are going after the first points for the ranking at Barra Olympic Park’s Velodrome, in Rio de Janeiro. The opening ceremony will be at 9:30 pm and the first qualifying trials start at 10am. At 3pm the first finals will be disputed. The Championship is from Thursday to Sunday and the entrance is free.
48 of the participants (26 men and 22 women) were medalists on the last Paralympic Games. The qualifying trials for the 3000m individual pursuit for women and men. The first contest of the day will be for the C2 category for women, with the Australian Amanda Reid, who won three golds at the last World Championship; the Dutch Alyda Norbruis, two gold medals at Rio 2016; and the Chinese Zeng Sini, two golds at the 2016 World Championship.
At the women C3 category, the greatest athletes are the American Jamie Whitmore, gold and silver medalist at Rio 2016; the Australian Simone Kennedy, silver medalist at London 2012; and the British Megan Giglia, two times world champion and gold medalist at Rio 2016. For men at the C2 category Tristen Chernove is one of the best athletes of this Championship. The Canadian won six out of the last eight possible golds at the big competitions – three at the 2017 World Championship, two at the 2016 World Championship and one at Rio 2016.
At the men individual pursuit for the C3 category the duel is probably between the American Joseph Berenyi – gold, silver and bronze at London 2012 and silver at Rio 2016 – and the Australian David Nicholas, gold and bronze at London 2012 and gold at Rio 2016. “I hope to get good results here at the Championship. The track is still very good, and I am very happy to be back at Rio for a competition”, said David Nicholas.
The first medalists of this World Championship will be known at the afternoon, at the finals. At the C4 category 500m time trial the most likely to win women are the American Shaw Morelli, gold medal at Rio 2016; the Canadian Marie-Claude Molnar, first medalist from her country at Para-Cycling at London 2012; and the Chinese Ruan Jianping, bronze at Rio 2016.
Brazil will have its first opportunity to win a medal at the 1000m time trial at the men C5 category. Lauro Chaman, silver and gold medalist at Rio 2016, and Soelito Gohr will be at the track. “We are looking forward for the competition, hoping for a good result. We are having a renewal in our team, with new good athletes. We have a great support structure and positive expectations for the competition with the crowd by ourside”, said Soelito.
At the C4 category the main athletes to keep an eye on are the Slovakian Jozef Metelka, who won two golds and one silver medal at Rio 2016; the British Jody Cundy, two golds at Rio 2016, two golds at Beijing 2008 and one silver at London 2012; and the Australian Kyle Bridgwood, two silver medals at Rio 2016.
Para-Cycling is the third sport with most meals of the Paralympic Games, after Athletics and Swimming. The World Championship has three trials for each category – Tandem (for blinds), C1,C2,C3,C4 and C5 (for physical disabled and amputed) – for men and women. Besides that, there is also a sprint trial with mixed teams.
O Mundial de Paraciclismo de Pista é uma realização da CBC, com suporte da Agência de Legado Olímpico (AGLO), do Ministério do Esporte e do Comitê Paralímpico Brasileiro.
Check the schedule for Thursday (22):
9:30am – Opening Ceremony
10am to 1:45pm – Qualifying
Individual pursuit 3000m C2 – women
Individual pursuit 3000m C3 – women
Individual pursuit 3000m C1 – men
Individual pursuit 3000m C2 – men
Individual pursuit 3000m C3 – men
3pm to 8:50 pm – Finals
Time Trial 500m C5 – women
Time Trial 500m C4 – women
Time Trial 1000m C5 – men
Time Trial 1000m C4 – men
Individual Pursuit 3000m C1 – women
Individual Pursuit 3000m C2 – women
Individual Pursuit 3000m C3 – women
Individual Pursuit 3000m C1 – men
Individual Pursuit 3000m C2 – men
Individual Pursuit 3000m C3 – men
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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