Cyclist Chernove unable to compete in men’s C1 1,000m time trial

Cranbrook native hopes to be back next week

Tristen Chernove rides a stationary bike prior to his C1-3,000m race Thursday, where he won silver.  Jean-Baptiste Benavent, Cycling Canada

Tristen Chernove did not make the start line in the men’s 1,000m cycling time trial on Friday due to an ongoing medical issue.

Out of the 23 riders in the competition, the Canadian was the only one listed as a DNS (did not start).

“Tristen was having ongoing medical issues, so our medical team decided it was best for him to not start today,” said Cycling Canada, in an email.

The 46-year-old from Cranbrook, B.C., had previously medaled in the event in Rio 2016 – where he secured bronze, with a Paralympic record time of 1:14.716. That race included athletes from different classifications.

Chernove was affected by esophageal spasms Thursday during the men’s C1 3,000m final, where he won silver for his fourth career Paralympic medal.

“I’ve been having esophageal spasms (contraction of the esophagus) that affect some breathing issues. I was super thrilled to make it into the final,” Chernove said.

It is unknown whether the spams are the medical Issue Cycling Canada was concerned with.

He is next slated to participate in road time trials on Tuesday along with eight other Canadian para-cyclists, and following that is expected to be involved in the men’s C1 road race next Thursday.

“We will make a decision about the time trial and road race this weekend and communicate It early next week,” Cycling Canada said.

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Posted: Aug 27 2021 12:52 pm
Filed under: Cycling Sports Tokyo Paralympics