Paul wins Pan American Keirin Gold

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.
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Trinidad and Tobago’s star cyclist Nicholas Paul earned his country’s first gold medal at the 2024 Pan American Track Cycling Championships after competing in the men’s keirin event at the Velo Sports Centre in Los Angeles, California.

Paul started from the back of the pack, before using his world-record sprint speed to power past the field to claim gold. Colombian and reigning world keirin champion, Kevin Quintero was behind taking the silver medal.

Fresh from his gold medal ride, Paul also pedalled his way into the 1/4 finals in his pet sprint event in the morning session.

Trinidad and Tobago also got their first medal of the games when endurance rider Akil Campbell grabbed the bronze medal in the men’s scratch final.

Campbell’s compatriots added to TT’s medal tally on the following day of competition as Paul topped the six-man keirin field, with fellow T&T cyclist Kwesi Browne notching third spot to secure his team’s third medal at the games.