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Paul eyes another sprint gold

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Saturday, September 1, 2018
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T&T’s Nicholas Paul

Nicholas Paul came 0.031 seconds short of the World record in the flying 200 metres yesterday morning to set the second fastest time in history with a time of 9.378 seconds at the Elite Pan American Championships.

Paul also established a new Pan Am and national record in qualifying first with Kwesi Browne qualifying sixth in 9.730 and Keron Bramble setting a personal best and became only the fourth T&T cyclist to dip below 10 seconds in a time of 9.858.

Both Paul and Bramble have advanced to the quarter-finals of the sprint after defeating Christiansen (USA) and Canelon (VEN) respectively. Browne was just short of advancing to the quarter-finals in his match-up against Freitas (BRA).

On Thursday, Browne and Paul once again reached the podium and heard the national anthem played for the third time in two days at the Velodrome in Aguascalientes as they received Caribbean Championship gold and silver medals respectively in the final of the Keirin event.

It was the first time in 10 years that T&T had two cyclists in the keirin final since Chris Sellier and Elisha Greene, who is the current mechanic of the team.

Additional UCI Olympic Qualification points were also earned as they placed fourth and fifth respectively. Akil Campbell also attained a Caribbean Championship bronze medal in the Scratch Race as he placed 12th overall.

Alexi Costa received the Caribbean Championship bronze medal when she represented T&T in the Scratch Race event in spite of a serious crash at the finish.

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