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Trinidad and Tobago Jr Pan Am cyclists called for the sport to move forward

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Trinidad and Tobago Junior Pan American Track Cycling Championships cyclists from left to right: Danell James, Jadian Neaves, Makaira Wallace, Syndel Samaroo and Jelani Nedd, at the Piarco International Airport on June 25.  - Photo courtesy of Sports Company of TT (SporTT).  -
Trinidad and Tobago Junior Pan American Track Cycling Championships cyclists from left to right: Danell James, Jadian Neaves, Makaira Wallace, Syndel Samaroo and Jelani Nedd, at the Piarco International Airport on June 25. – Photo courtesy of Sports Company of TT (SporTT). –

The five-member TRINIDAD and Tobago contingent, which took eight medals at the 2024 Junior Pan American Track Cycling Championships in Lima, Peru, returned home early on June 25 to a warm reception at Piarco International Airport.

Promising young cyclists Danell James, Jadian Neaves, Jelani Nedd, Syndel Samaroo and Makaira Wallace, who claimed three team-high medals, were greeted by TT Cycling Federation (TTCF) officials, family members and representatives from the sporting world. Company of TT (SporTT) and the Ministry of Sports and Community Development, who presented them with medals for their efforts at the championship.

The cyclists were encouraged to continue their positive steps and were challenged to take the sport to the next level, according to a press release from SporTT. The team each won four silver and four bronze medals.

TTCF vice-president Linton John said: “As a federation we maintain that we are doing our best to ensure that when we go out, we represent our country to the fullest. We are very proud of what you have done ( TT ) this time.

“It has been a long time since we have not had this number of medals, so we really appreciate you all this time and we really hope that you will continue to promote and promote the sport in such a way that we will allow more people to do their best .”

Wallace, the only female cyclist in the TT contingent, took silver medals in the women’s sprint and 500m time trials, before taking a bronze medal in the grueling keirin event.

On his way to silver in the sprint event, Wallace set a new elite women’s and junior 200m record by stopping the clock at 11.361 seconds. Wallace lost in the sprint final to Colombian cyclist Stefany Cuadrado Florez, and the South American world junior keirin champion showed her class again by leading her country to a one-two in the keirin.

Jadian Neaves took two medals (men’s omnium bronze and bronze in the points race), with Danell James (men’s keirin bronze) and Jelani Nedd (men’s sprint silver) each earning one individual medal, in addition to the team sprint silver they earned alongside Syndel Samaroo.

TT’s Junior Pan Am coach Elijah Greene encouraged the youngsters to continue their progress and thanked the TTCF and the cyclists’ parents for their confidence in him.

“As far as the team goes, I would like to say I’m very proud (of all of you),” Greene said.

‘You’re going in the right direction. We went there and stood out. Just continue the journey.”

TT Jr Pan Am track cycling medals:

  • Makaira Wallace – silver (women’s sprint, 500m time trial); bronze (ladies keirin)
  • Jadian Neaves – bronze (men’s omnium, points race)
  • Danell James – silver (team sprint); bronze (keirin)
  • Jelani Nedd – silver (men’s sprint, team sprint)
  • Syndel Samaroo – silver (team sprint)