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Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell takes silver at Nations Cup track cycling

Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell takes silver at Nations Cup track cycling

MILTON, Ont. — Canadian cyclist Kelsey Mitchell had a specific gameplan for the women’s sprint final against Emma Hinze on Friday night at the Tissot…

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MILTON, Ont. — Canadian cyclist Kelsey Mitchell had a specific gameplan for the women’s sprint final against Emma Hinze on Friday night at the Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup. "I wanted to make it hurt," she said. Kelsey Mitchell (256) of Canada races Martha Bayona Pineda (269) of Colombia in the Women’s Sprint semi-finals at the UCI Track Nations Cup in Milton, Ont., Friday, May 13, 2022. Mitchell settled for a silver medal in the women’s sprint competition at the Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup on Friday night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power MILTON, Ont. — Canadian cyclist Kelsey Mitchell had a specific gameplan for the women’s sprint final against Emma Hinze on Friday night at the Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup.

"I wanted to make it hurt," she said. "I wanted to make it hurt for her and me."

Mission accomplished on that front.

The painful grind from a blistering final two laps was evident as the rivals pushed each other hard in the best-of-three final on the Mattamy National Cycling Centre track. After taking the opener, the world champ from Germany finished a whisker ahead of the Tokyo Olympic champ in the second round, forcing the Canadian to settle for silver.

"I tried to push her," Mitchell said. "I tried to come around but I didn’t have the gap right on either round. If there was a third round maybe I would have it but it’s not the case. You’ve got to cross the line first and unfortunately I didn’t do that."

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