T&T cyclist shatters world record

Trinidad and Tobago’s Nicholas Paul celebrates after competing in the cycling track sprint men’s semifinals heat 1 during the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.
Associated Press / Silvia Izquierdo, file

Trinidad and Tobago cyclist Nicholas Paul shattered the world record, in the flying 200 meters at the recent Elite Pan American Track Cycling Championships, in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Paul blazed across the line in a time of 9.100 seconds, breaking France’s Francois Pervis’ 2013 record of 9.347 seconds. He also broke his own Pan American record of 9.378 seconds which he set in Mexico in 2018.

He also took gold when he defeated Jair Tjon En Far of Suriname in two rides in the final a day before with a blistering 9.583 time.

Paul had also helped his team to a new Pan Am record in the Team Sprint a few days before, produced more blinding speed in the flying 200 meters event to finish ahead of the pack in a time of 9.100.

He won gold by beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, in the track cycling men’s sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Aug. 3, 2019,

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