CANADA TAKES A PAIR OF MEDALS ON SECOND DAY OF 2011 UCI PARA-CYCLING TRACK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Marie-Claude Molnar finishes second in pursuit race; youngster Jaye Milley takes third place in kilo race
(Montichiari, ITA – March 12, 2011) Canada won two medals at the 2011 UCI Para-Cycling Track Cycling Championships in Montichiari, Italy, as Marie-Claude Molnar of Sainte-Adèle, Québec finished second in the women’s C4 pursuit and Jaye Milley of Calgary took the third position in the men’s C1 kilo.
Molnar took the silver medal in the 3000m pursuit race by stopping the clock at 4:22.979, and lost only to Australian rider Susan Powell, the current World Record holder.
“Marie-Claude ran the race of her life in the pursuit race today. She broke a personal mark, and she lost to the World Record holder. It’s a fantastic day for her,” said Sebastien Travers, development coach for the Canadian Para-Cycling Team.
In the men’s C1 race, Calgary’s Jaye Milley took the third place with a time of 1:23.275. Milley was followed by his teammate Brayden McDougall, also of Calgary, in fourth place at just 0.3s off the podium.
“It’s looking really good for Milley. Finishing third is excellent for him, considering he is still a development athlete. Brayden also had a great run, finishing with one of his career best time, just off the podium,” added Travers.
In the C2 race, Matthieu Parent of Granby, QC placed 14th in a race where another World record was broken today. Eric Bourgault of Orford, QC placed 15th in the C4 race, tying his personal best mark of 1:14.771.
The experienced tandem of Daniel Chalifour of St-Jérôme, QC and pilot Alexandre Cloutier of St-Antoine-de-Tilly, QC came fifth of the pursuit race, with less than 0.1s of the fourth place and the bronze medal race . In the same race, Brian Cowie of Burnaby, BC and his new pilot Luc Dionne of Sorel, QC came 12th in only their second race together.
The 2011 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships end tomorrow with the presentation of the Women’s C1-C5 500m Time Trial, with the Women’s Tandem Pursuit, and with the Men’s Tandem Sprints.
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