Canadian Para bike owner Alex Hayward wins 1st world medal with silver in scratch race

Canadian Para bike owner Alexandre Hayward took dwelling his first profession world-championship medal on Sunday with silver within the males’s C3 scratch race, the nation’s fourth podium end of the week in Rio de Janeiro.

The Quispamsis, N.B., native crossed the road simply behind two-time Paralympic gold medallist Jaco van Gass of Nice Britain on the ultimate day of competitors at the Rio Olympic Velodrome. Japan’s Masaki Fujita claimed bronze.

Hayward, a former wheelchair basketball participant, is constructing a powerful resumé regardless of solely taking up biking through the pandemic. He was coming off a breakout efficiency ultimately November’s Parapan American Video games in Santiago, Chile, the place his four-medal haul included gold in each the 3,000-metre particular person pursuit and street time trial.

Hayward is aiming to make his Paralympic debut in Paris and beforehand represented New Brunswick in wheelchair basketball on the Canada Winter Video games. Whereas the rostrum finishes are vital, biking is about a lot extra for the 27-year-old, who was initially paralyzed after breaking his neck whereas enjoying triple-A hockey in 2012.

“The true sort of pivotal piece for me with the biking has been this full reintegration nearly into able-bodied sport,” Hayward informed CBC Sports activities. “I am getting to hitch group rides and quote, unquote, really feel like a standard individual for the primary time in a very very long time.”

He teamed up with Victoria’s Mel Pemble and Calgary’s Kate O’Brien for the blended crew dash earlier within the day, which noticed the trio end twelfth within the area of 18. Pemble received two medals in Rio, with silver within the girls’s C3 500m time trial and bronze within the multi-event omnium.

Keely Shaw of Midale, Sask., delivered Canada’s different medal with bronze within the girls’s C4 particular person pursuit.

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