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Canada doubles up with gold in men’s and women’s team pursuit at 2017 Pan Am championships

Five medals for Team Canada at Pan Am track championships in Trinidad and Tobago

Canada have had an amazing first two days at the 2017 Pan American cycling championships in Trinidad and Tobago. On Thursday, Day 2 of the track events, Canada earned two gold medals sweeping the team pursuit events. On the opening day, Amelie Walsh and Steph Roorda earned a silver medal in the women’s team sprint, and Canadian road champion Allison Beveridge took home bronze in the scratch race. On Thursday, Olympian Hugo Barrette also earned a silver medal in the Keirin.

The women’s squad of Devaney Collier, Meghan Grant, Kinley Gibson and Ariane Bonhomme bested Mexico in the final. Cuba won the bronze medal. The medal is a good moral boost for the squad. Canada’s team pursuit failed to medal at the world championships, the first time they left the world championships since 2011 without a medal in the event.

The men’s program has taken significant strides this year to improve in the team pursuit. The team took gold at the World Cup in Apeldoorn in November after winning bronze in Glascow earlier that month. At the 2017 world championship’s in April, the team left banged up and disappointed after crashing in qualifying. The men’s team of Jay Lamoureaux, Bayley Simpson, Derek Gee and Aidan Caves took gold beating the United States in the finale.

Beveridge, who earned the Canadian national championship title on the road in June, rode the scratch race and sealed third place. It was Canada’s first medal on the Pan Am championships opening night.

Roorda andΒ Walsh added to the medal haul taking second in the women’s team sprint on Wednesday.

Barrette’s medal is his first on the internal stage since 2015. That year he earned gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto in the sprint and team sprint, while earning bronze in the keirin. The silver medal in the keirin in Trinidad and Tobago will come as a big relief to the 26-year-old who represented Canada in Rio.