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Mel Pemble golden in Para cycling at track world championships

Mel Pemble golden in Para cycling at track world championships

Mel Pemble is making sure hers will be a name to remember at the 2022 Para Cycling Track World Championships. A day after setting a…

Friday, Oct 21

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Mel Pemble is making sure hers will be a name to remember at the 2022 Para Cycling Track World Championships. A day after setting a world record in her maiden race, the 22-year-old from Victoria claimed gold Friday in the women’s C3 scratch race in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France.

The 10km event – 40 laps around the track – saw Pemble finish first in the field of six racers. She was third with one lap to go but utilized an incredible reserve of energy to pass two athletes in the final stretch. The silver medal went to Dutchwoman Aniek Van Den Aarssen followed by American Clara Brown in third.

“This is so surreal right now,” said Pemble, with the gold medal around her neck. “This was a goal I had maybe in two years’ time, maybe next year, for it to happen in my first world championships – it’s been quite the day. I was very nervous today, so I’m glad it paid off.”

“I was quite stressed today, but once I was on the bike, I managed to just chill things down and trust in myself.”

It is Pemble’s first world championships medal – her world record a day earlier was set in a non-medal flying 200m discipline – in her debut appearance.

“It’s an incredible performance for sure,” said Canadian head coach Sebastien Travers. “A surprise, but I knew she had it in her. She’s been racing on the Victoria track for a long time now, she’s got some experience in the scratch race […]

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