Written by: Lesandra Scott
There’s a certain beauty and joy to your homeland producing a variety of winners. It is also not a secret that Trinidad and Tobago mirrors such a fact. Recently, Nicholas Paul, one of the nation top cyclists, gained a prestigious rank. He secured the title of the second-fastest men’s individual sprinter in the world.
Nicholas Paul, who is no stranger to the track, has been cycling competitively since 2014. The teammates he has ridden with since 2017 are Kwesi Browne, Keron Bramble and Njisane Phillip. At his current age of 22, he’s honed his skill to specialize in sprinting events. As previously mentioned, he currently holds a worldwide rank of second place with 1317.5 points; on his heel in third place is the Colombian cyclist, Kevin Santiago Quintero Chavarro’ with 1315 points. However, the prestigious title of the fastest-man-in-the-world goes to the Polish cyclist Mateusz Rudyk with 1362.5 points.
In Belgium on April 16th, 2021, Paul took part in the International Belgian Track Meeting; his first competition since Covid-19 started. At this meet, he secured a silver medal which single-handedly catapulted Trinidad & Tobago’s rank to #16 on UCI’s nation ranking.
Seven years after his entry into the sports, Nicholas is the current Flying 200m Time Trial World Record Holder. He has also qualified to compete in the categories ‘Individual Sprint’ and ‘Keirin’ at this year’s Olympics to be held in Tokyo; this will be Nicholas’ Olympic debut.
Nicholas, however, is not the only one who qualified to cycle in this year’s Olympics from Trinidad. Also competing in the ‘Keirin’ category will be his fellow teammate, Kwesi Browne; this will also be his Olympic debut. Currently, both Paul and Browne are at UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland where they’re getting ready for the prestigious Olympics game.
Caribbean Entertainment Hub of course wishes nothing but success to Nicholas Paul and his team!
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