North American athletes impressed on the first day of competition at the UCI Para cycling World Championships in Los Angeles on Thursday as Canadians and Americans took the bulk of the medals on offer.
The home crowd was delighted from the very start as Californian Jamie Whitmore won gold for the USA in the Women’s 500m time trial C3. She put in the best ride of her career beating out Australian Simone Kennedy with a time of 43.640 seconds.
Another C3 time trial also saw Gold to the United States as Joseph Bereyni claimed the hosts second gold medal of the day. His win came in the 1km time trial as he backed up from winning the same race in London five years ago.
Canada matched the performances of their southern neighbours managing two gold medals in 1km timetrial events. Ross Wilson broke through for a gold coming in the men’s C1 while Rio champion Tristen Chernove backed up his Paralympic gold with a worlds gold.
Great Britain also claimed gold, finishing in first and second in the women’s 3000 m Individual Pursuit B (for visually impaired athletes). Sophie Thornhill (Pilot: Corrine Hall) won the final ahead of fellow Britons Lora Fachie (Pilot: Hazel Macleod). In the men’s race it was a gold for Spain as Avila Rodriguez (Pilot: Joan Font Bertoli) claimed the win.
After a frustrating night with three silver medals, Australia finally broke through for a gold as they won the last event of the night. Amanda Reid was the winning Australian as she claimed the women’s 500m C2 gold.