Paralympics

Canada's Tristen Chernove wins gold at para track worlds

Canada's Tristen Chernove concluded the para-cycling track world championships with a gold medal in the men's C2 category scratch race on Saturday.

Fellow Canadian Keely Shaw takes silver in women's individual pursuit

Canada's Tristen Chernove, centre, won gold in the scratch race on Saturday on the final day of the para-cycling track world championships on Sunday in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. (Rob Jones/Cycling Canada)

Canada's Tristen Chernove concluded the para-cycling track world championships with a gold medal in the men's C2 category scratch race on Saturday.

Chernove, 43, added to the silver he won in individual pursuit and the bronze he earned in the 1,000-metre time trial earlier at the event in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. He also topped the standings in the first-ever omnium, though no medals were awarded for the Paralympic test event.

"To come away with a victory in the scratch, I feel thrilled. It was a great race that finished in a bunch sprint, and to take home the jersey for the scratch was my goal coming here," said the Cranbrook, B.C., native. "And to win the omnium was a bonus."

On the women's side, Canada's Keely Shaw won her first ever world championships medal with a silver in the individual pursuit.

The Saskatoon native finished only behind Australia's Emily Petricola, who set a world record in the event.

"I really excited for the outcome," said Shaw. "I don't think any of us were expecting this."

Canadian Marie-Claude Molnar just missed the podium fourth.

Record haul

Canada concluded the para-cycling track worlds with five medals — one gold, two silver and two bronze medals. The haul, including omnium events, tied Canada's best-ever result at the world championships.

Sebastian Travers, the head coach of the para-cycling team, said the result was great to see.

"Although we haven't put everything together for peak performances, I happy to see how everyone worked together as a team," said Travers. "We developed a four year mission plan following Rio and we continue to progress according to this plan. We are confident that this will lead to key performances in Tokyo 2020 ."

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