Canadian cyclist Hugo Barrette earns 2nd Pan Am gold

Hugo Barrette continued Canada’s track cycling domination by taking gold in the men’s sprint final on Saturday night.

Beats reigning Pan Am record holder

Canada's Hugo Barrette earned his second gold of the Pan Am Games in the men's sprint final on Saturday night. (Felipe Dana/The Associated Press)

Hugo Barrette continued Canada's track cycling domination by taking gold in the men's sprint final on Saturday night.

The Cap-Aux-Meules, Que., native beat the reigning Pan Am record holder, Trinidad and Tobago's Njisane Phillip, in the best-of-three-heats final.

Barrette won the first two heats to cruise to Canada's fifth gold in the sport. The 24-year-old took the first heat in 10.409 seconds and the second heat in a time of 10.709.

"I wanted the front, I took the front," he said. "I was confident, I wanted to win for the home crowd."

It was his second gold of the Pan Am Games, as he helped Canada claim the top prize in a thrilling comeback victory in Thursday's men's team sprint final.

"It's the best feeling of my life," Barrette said. "It's all thanks to Cycling Canada, Sport Canada and Own the Podium, those three have been really concentrating my focus on track cycling and man, you can see the fruits of this right now.

"It's just the start. We're all young riders and there's some good years to come."

The bronze Saturday went to the reigning Pan Am champion, Venezeula's Hersony Canelon Vera. 

Track cycling will conclude Sunday with six final races. 

With files from the Canadian Press


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