Tristen Chernove pedals to silver medal in Tokyo Games
Cranbrook resident Tristen Chernove has captured a silver medal in the men’s C1 3000m individual pursuit bicycle race in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
This is Chernove’s second silver medal in the track individual pursuit, having earned the same podium position at Rio 2016 in the C2 classification. He now has four Paralympic medals to his name (one gold, two silver, and one bronze).
Chernove qualified for the gold medal race with a second-best time of 3:40.591, but Russian Paralympic Committee’s Mikhail Astashov was the clear champion in the final, overtaking Chernove after having set a new world record in qualifying.
“I was super thrilled to make it into the final,” Chernove said. “The final was not so great. Obviously no one ever wants to get caught. I knew [Astashov] would go out fast, and I tried to start fast, but I probably started too fast.”
Canada has now won two silver and two bronze medals in the Tokyo games.
Lead image: Tristen Chernove captured a silver medal in the 3000m Individual Pursuit at Tokyo 2020. Photo JB Benavent/Tokyo 2020 Team Canada photo