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Thursday 14 December 2017
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Campbell wins Caribbean Omnium gold

Trinidad and Tobago’s Teneil Campbell, centre, poses with her gold medal on Friday night at the Elite Pan Am Cycling Championships held at the National Cycling Centre, Couva.

Teniel Campbell captured the gold medal of the Caribbean Championships Women’s Omnium event despite missing out on a Pan American Track Cycling Championships podium spot on Friday night at the National Cycling Centre, Couva.

Campbell finished seventh on the overall table, with 96 points in Pam Am event, resulting in her being crowned the best Caribbean athlete of the Women’s Omnium.

Speaking to Newsday after her event, Campbell Stated, “The tournament has been really good to me and so far it is a very good experience as I have been competing against world champions.”

Teniel crashed in the Tempo Race event which threw her back on the standings and also physically as she had to battle her way back up the ranks while riding through the slight injuries she sustained to her hip.

She continued, “In the end, it really paid off as the nation saw how much heart I had to recover as I really wanted to, at least, be crowned the Caribbean champion.”

Yesterday, Campbell competed in the 500M event and today she will be in action when she attempts to win a Pan Am medal in the Women’s Keirin.

Jennifer Valente of the United States recorded a total of 160 overall points to claim the gold medal of the Women’s Omnium while Mexican Yarley Salazar managed silver with her overall 134 points. Angie Gonzalez representing Venezuela secured the final podium spot with 128 points. Rounding off the Caribbean podium were Cuban Idarys Cervantes (92 pts) in second and Tamiko Butler of Antigua (68 pts). Mexico’s representation in the Women’s Sprint grabbed the gold and silver after Luz Daniela Gaxiola finished in a time of 11.48 seconds and Poala Verdugo in 11.62 seconds, respectively. USA’s Madalyn Godby took the bronze with her time of 11.84 seconds.

In the Men’s Points Race, Eric Young of the United States captured the gold medal with 21 points where he was closely followed by Chilean Antonio Cabrera on 19 points. Columbia’s Edwin Avila secured the bronze medal in the event, also finishing with 19 points.

The individual Men’s Pursuit saw TT’s Jovian Gomez placing 17th overall in the event. Canada took both gold and silver as Derek Gee and Jay Lamoureux secured the points race, respectively, followed by Ignacio Delgado of Mexico for bronze. The event concludes this evening at the National Cycling Centre, Couva, pedalling off at 6 pm. Entrance to the evening event cost TT $50 while this morning’s action, starting at 10 am, is free to the public.

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