Sean MacKinnon earns 3rd silver medal at track cycling Pan Am event
Credits teammate Caves for strong points race
Sean MacKinnon saw silver in Chile for a third consecutive day.
The 19-year-old from Hamilton native finished second in Friday's points race at the track cycling Pan Am Championships in Santiago.
"After [Canada's] success in the team pursuit, then again in the individual pursuit, I am so pleased to finish off the racing on a high note," MacKinnon said in a statement released by Cycling Canada.
"Tonight's points race was very tactical and a tight race until the end. I could not have had the success I had without my teammate Aidan Caves, who helped me the whole way through keeping me in the right spot until the end."
MacKinnon, who captured a bronze medal in the men's road cycling individual time trial at the Pan Am Games in July, also won a silver medal in the men's team pursuit and individual pursuit in Chile.
Foreman-Mackey takes individual pursuit
On the women's side, it was a good day for the track endurance athletes in the 3,000-metre individual pursuit.
In an all-Canadian duel for bronze, Annie Foreman-Mackey prevailed over Kirsti Lay in a time of three minutes 36.742 seconds, well behind American Jennifer Valente's winning time of 3:28.947.
Overall a solid day for Team Canada at the track.- Canadian track cycling coach Craig Griffin
Foreman-Mackey and Lay each had set personal bests in qualifying, clocking 3:36.28 and 3:39.14, respectively.
"Overall a solid day for Team Canada at the track," said coach Craig Griffin. "I'm encouraged by the progress of both Annie and Kirsti in this discipline, but they still need to improve in a few specific areas to get down to world-class times."
Canada increased its medal total to 10 at the Olympic qualifying competition.
In other Canadian results Friday:
- Remi Pelletier-Roy finished three of the six omnium races Friday, placing sixth in the scratch, second in the individual pursuit and eighth in the elimination race. The remaining three races are slated for Saturday.
- Kate O'Brien and Monique Sullivan advanced to their respective semifinals races by recording the two fastest times of the day in sprint action. O'Brien was tops in 11.060 seconds while Sullivan clocked 11.120. The Canadian tandem could meet in the gold-medal race, setting the stage for a repeat of the Pan Am Games final in Toronto, where Sullivan won 2-0 in a best-of-three women's sprint in July.