TOKYO (August 26, 2021) – After a successful first day at the Paralympic Games which saw Keely Shaw earning a bronze medal in her Paralympic debut, Canada’s winning streak continued on day 2 with Tristen Chernove earning silver in the men’s C1 Individual Pursuit. He becomes Canada’s first silver medalist of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Chernove kicked off the day with a qualifying time of 3:40.591, which was fast enough to qualify for the gold medal final against Mikhail Astashov of the Russian Paralympic Committee. In the final, Astashov proved stronger, catching up to Chernove in the second half of the race to take the gold medal, with Chernove coming in second.
“The qualifying ride went fairly well and I was super thrilled to make it into the final,” said Chernove. “The final was not so great; I knew he [Astashov] would go out fast and I probably started too fast and was having some breathing issues which added to my blowing up that much sooner. It’s a pretty emotional Games for me because I am retiring from para-cycling after these Games and devoting much more of my time to my family so it’s going to be a Games of highs and lows but I’m really excited to move on to the next phase.”
Tomorrow, Kate O’Brien will be aiming for gold in the women’s C4 500m Time Trial, an event in which she is the current world record holder and world champion. All competitions can be streamed on CBC Paralympics.