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Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell takes silver in women’s sprint at Nations Cup

Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell takes silver in women's sprint at Nations Cup

Kelsey Mitchell of Canada celebrates after winning her second heat in the Women’s Sprint semifinals to advance to the final at the UCI Track Nations…

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Kelsey Mitchell of Canada celebrates after winning her second heat in the Women’s Sprint semifinals to advance to the final at the UCI Track Nations Cup in Milton, Ont. Mitchell ended up securing silver on Friday. (Peter Power/The Canadian Press) 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.

"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."

Hinze had an edge of 0.019 seconds in the first round — about half a wheel — and clinched the win in a photo finish, topping Mitchell by just 0.008 seconds.

WATCH | Mitchell takes home silver: Canadian cyclist Kelsey Mitchell captures sprint silver on home soil Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell from Sherwood Park, Alta. falls to world champion Emma Hinze of Germany in the women’s sprint gold medal final at the Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup in Milton, Ont.

Lauriane Genest of Levis, Que., missed the podium after dropping both rounds of the third-place race to Colombia’s Pineda Bayona. Mathias Guillemette of Trois-Rivieres, Que., also took fourth place in the men’s elimination race.Genest, […]

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