Canadian Olympic gold medalist Kelsey Mitchell of Brandon, Manitoba won the gold medal in the women’s sprint Track Nations Cup in Milton, Ontario on Saturday. The gold medalist from the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, beat Martha Bayona Pineda of Colombia two races to one in a best of three final. Daniela Gaxiola of Mexico won the bronze medal.
It was one of three medals won by Canadians in Milton over the weekend. Team Canada also won the silver medal in the women’s team sprint and a bronze medal in the women’s team pursuit on Friday. In the women’s team sprint, Canada reached the final, but lost to Mexico. The Mexicans had a time of 47.001 seconds and the Canadians had a time of 47.414 seconds. Poland won the bronze medal. The Canadian team comprised of Mitchell, Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Lauriane Genest of Montreal, Quebec and Sarah Orban of Calgary, Alberta. Genest won a bronze medal in the women’s Keirin at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
In the women’s team pursuit, Canada beat the United States for bronze. In the bronze medal race, Canada had a time of 4:15.961, while the United States were at 4:19.105. Great Britain won the gold medal, while Germany won silver. The Canadian team comprised of Sarah Van Dam and Erin Attwell of Victoria, British Columbia, Maggie Coles-Lyster of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, and Ariane Bonhomme of Gatineau, Quebec. The medals for Mitchell, Genest, Orban, Van Dam, Attwell, Coles-Lyster and Bonhomme will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.