Trinidad and Tobago’s men’s team sprinters were last battling Brazil for the bronze medal, as the national team saw their first day of action at the Elite Pan American Track Cycling Championships in Santiago, Chile.
On a day where a national record was set in the men's team pursuit, the trio of Jude Codrington, Njisane Phillip and Kwesi Browne raced to a 44.441-second finish and qualified third fastest for the bronze medal ride against Brazil in the team sprint.
The Brazilians qualified with a time of 44.498 seconds while Canada and Venezuela battled for gold and silver after they qualified with times of 44.305 and 43.959 respectively. The ride-off for bronze took place after press time.
The team pursuit quartet of Varun Maharajh, Akil Campbell both of Rigtech Sonics, PSL's Jovian Gomez and Gavyn Nero of Team DPS were making their debut at the Championships. And they made an impressive start, producing a national-record-breaking time of 4:28.202 in the 4-kilometre team pursuit qualifying round, which was roughly 15 seconds faster than the previous record set at the Arima Velodrome this year at 4:42.696.