Nicholas Paul Misses Out on Sprint Semis
Coming through the qualifying ranks on Saturday, Nicholas Paul will not ride in the men's sprint semi-final at the Tissot 2021 UCI Track Cycling World Championship. Riding out in Roubaix, France, Paul was defeated by German Stefan Boetticher in quarterfinal two to see the Gasparillo rider's Championship come to an end. The twenty-three year old rider outclassed his German opponent in their first ride to convincingly take the 1-0 lead. In ride number two, Boetticher game himself a lifeline as he crossed the finish line less than half a bike length ahead of Paul and took it to the third and final race to be the decider. The strategy was the same by the German in race number three and he defeated Paul 2-1 to advance to the semis. Paul has had a fruitful tournament though, as has already created history on Friday in the Men's 1km time trial by becoming the first Trinbagonian ever to win a silver medal at the World Championships .
T&T's other competitor at the elite games, Akil Campbell, will also be in action in the men's Omnium, Campbell finished 9th in the qualifying round after which he finished 22nd in the Men's Omnium - Scratch Race. In the Elimination race, Akil kept flirting with elimination and survived quite a few times but was eventually eliminated and finished 10th in that event. He'll finish off his day in the Omnium Points Race, where he'll be starting at the fence.