Cycling boss impressed
National Championships throw up records galore
A NUMBER of records fell at the National Cycling Championships held over the weekend at the National Stadium, very much to the liking of Jamaica Cycling Federation President Wayne Palmer.
“The quality was quite good, we had a number of records fall …and I think that speaks to the level and quality of riders that we had on the weekend,” Palmer said.
The event held on May 20 and 21 saw a new national junior record of four minutes, 1.17 seconds for the 3000-metre pursuit set by Kristan McFarlane.
Daniel Palmer also set a new track record with a time of 11.28 seconds for the match sprint elite men.
Demar Golding and Andrew Ramsay were second and third, respectively in the match sprint elite men.
The junior sprint was also won by Mcfarlane, while second and third were taken by Damaine Douglas and Khalil Francis, respectively.
Dahlia Palmer won the female sprint.
In the keirin, Daniel Palmer again won ahead of Andrew Ramsay and Mavin Anderson in the elite category and Mcfarlane copped another win ahead of Damaine Douglas and Khalil Francis in the junior category.
On day two, Daniel Palmer won yet another gold, the one-KM time trial, ahead of Demar Golding and Bradley Mcfarlane, while Kristan Mcfarlane won the 500-metre time trial for juniors ahead of Douglas and Francis. Andrew Ramsay won the four-event omnium ahead of Bradley Mcfarlane and Jerome Forrest.
WINNER OF 4000-M PURSUIT
Andrew Ramsay was the winner of the 4000-m pursuit for elite riders, finishing ahead of Bradley Mcfarlane.
Duwayne Douglas, Bradley Mcfarlane and Daniel Palmer teamed up to win the team sprint event in a time of 54.26 seconds to close the events.
The next challenge for the some of the riders will be the Central American and Caribbean Games in Panama City, Panama, set for June 23 to July 8 where the cycling boss is expecting good results.
“Cycling has qualified a number of riders for that event. We will be sending our national sprint champion, our elite men omnium champion, our elite female sprint champion to that event,” he said.
“I expect that the performance (at the CAC Games) should be very good and I am looking forward to seeing our athletes bringing back some medals.”