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T&T cyclists 7th at World Cup

Published: 
Sunday, January 21, 2018
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T&T cyclist Kwesi Browne

T&T's cycling team of Njisane Phillip, Nicholas Paul and Kwesi Browne produced a new national record in the Team Sprint event when the fourth leg of the Tissot International Cycling Union (UCI) Track Cycling World Cup was held yesterday at the Minsk Arena Velodrome in Belarus.

However, they failed to advance to the semi-final round, finishing seventh overall which was the best finish by a T&T team at a World Cup.

Competing against the Dutch team- Beat Cycling Club in heat four, the T&T trio profited from a few minor adjustments made by coach Erin Hartwell for the race, and managed to shave four-tenths of a second off its time of 44.653 seconds on Friday to a more competitive 44. 287 seconds.

However, the team could not better the Dutch trio's time of 43. 534 seconds to be among the top four finishers on the day. The Dutch was represented by Theo Bos, Matthijs Buchli and Roy Van De Berg.

The other qualifiers include the Russian Federation which defeated Minsk Cycling Club with a quick 43.910 seconds in the opening heat, and Poland, which produced the fastest time of the qualifiers in 43.672 seconds, in beating Team Germany in the second heat. Germany's time was 44.126 seconds.

France was the other team to qualify among the top four teams, turning back Korea with a quick 43.752 seconds.

Meanwhile, Browne, who rode the third leg for the T&T sprint team, later contested the keirin sprint and placed fifth in the final.

The T&T sprinter battled hard in a six-man field but could not stop Buchli taking the gold medal in 9.693. He was followed in second by Canadian Stefan Ritter and Oliva Lewis of Great Britain in third. Germany's Marc Jurczyk was fourth and Poland's Krzysztof Maksel completed the top six.

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