Bramble, Phillip and Paul sprint to cycling gold

Trinidad and To­ba­go's sprint cy­clists tast­ed gold for the sec­ond time in just over a month, this time blow­ing away the op­po­si­tion in the men's team sprint event at the 2019 Elite Pan Amer­i­can Track Cy­cling Cham­pi­onships in Cochabam­ba, Bo­livia on Wednes­day night.

In the process, the trio of Keron Bram­ble, Njisane Phillip and Nicholas Paul set a new Pan Amer­i­can record and a new na­tion­al record of 41.938 sec­onds rid­ing in the Elite Pan Amer­i­can fi­nal against Ar­genti­na's Farid Suarez, Juan Ser­ra­no and Lu­cas Vi­lar who clocked 44.474 sec­onds.

In the bronze medal ride, Ecuador clocked 45.260 sec­onds to beat Chile which came home in 46.062 sec­onds.

On­ly on Au­gust 1 at the Pan Amer­i­can mul­ti-sport Games in Li­ma, Pe­ru, the same com­bi­na­tion of Bram­ble, Phillip and Paul sped to team sprint gold in 43.792 to win this coun­try's first-ever Gold medal at the Pan Amer­i­can Games.

Last night they teamed up again in an­oth­er his­toric ride, this time dip­ping to with­in 0.067 sec­onds of the world record, which stands at 41.871 and is held by Ger­many.

Ear­li­er on Wednes­day dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing, Bram­ble, Phillip and Kwe­si Browne in­di­cat­ed that they were in blis­ter­ing form with 42.395 sec­onds clock­ing.

It was the fastest time ever record­ed by any team from the Pan Amer­i­can re­gion and among the five fastest times in the men's team sprint ahead of a strong field that in­clud­ed op­po­nents (Ar­genti­na), Ecuador, Chile and the host Bo­livia.

Colom­bia, an­oth­er cy­cling gi­ants world­wide, failed to be among the top four as they were dis­qual­i­fied.

 

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