Campbell strikes Guadeloupe GoldGary Acosta
Saturday, October 22 2016
In her debut at the Elite Caribbean Road Cycling Championships, young Teniel Campbell secured her name in T&T history after becoming the first female cyclist to medal at an Elite Caribbean Road Championship. To place the icing on the cake, Campbell walked away with the top prize, Gold in the Women’s Time Trial.
Starting 3rd of 15 starters, Campbell set the winning time early in the day’s proceedings with 34mins 39.76 seconds to complete the 22km course in an average speed of 38km/h. The time would not be bettered by any other lady to complete the course. In fact, Campbell’s time was 2:25 seconds faster than her closest competitor in Laura Gueppois and Christel Martinez both of Guadeloupe.
T&T’s entrant into the Elite Men’s version of the Time Trial, Akil Campbell, finished 5th in the Men’s U23 division and 10th overall in the Elite Men in a time of 43:53.22. Guadeloupe secured the top two times with Boris Carene and Cedric Locatin taking top honour while last year’s Champion, Joshua Kelly (BAR) secured bronze.
Tomorrow, Campbell (T) will try to make two out of two podiums when the Women’s Road Race pedals off at 9:00am while Campbell (A) and Gevan Samuel line up in the Men’s version from noon.