TOKYO (August 27, 2021) – World record holder & current world champion Kate O’Brien made her Paralympic debut on Friday in the women’s C4 500m Time Trial, where she set a time of 35.439 to take home the silver medal behind Kadeena Cox of Great Britain.
“The race today was definitely harder than I anticipated,” said O’Brien. “I felt like the start was pretty good and the last half lap I just didn’t quite have it in me but that’s ok. It’s an amazing feeling being here with everyone and coming back after my injury four years ago. When I really think about the fact that I wasn’t necessarily supposed to walk or ski or ride, it sort of blows my mind that I’m back on the track and doing the sport that I love.”
Canadian athletes have now completed the track events, earning a total of three medals over the course of three days. Racing resumes on August 31 with the Individual Time Trials for all categories. All competitions can be streamed on CBC Paralympics.
Kate O’Brien – Silver (C4 500m Time Trial)
Tristen Chernove – Silver (C1 Individual Pursuit)
Keely Shaw – Bronze (C4 Individual Pursuit)