Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago once again demonstrated his qualities as one of the best track cyclists in the world when he won gold in the final of the Men’s Sprint at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile on Thursday.
The outstanding 25-year-old Trinidadian out-paced his rival Suriname’s Jair Tjon to claim gold and his second Pan Am Games title to go with the one he won in Lima, Peru in 2019.
In the race for the bronze medal, Kevin Santiago Qunitero Chavarro of Colombia bettered Canada’s Nicholas John Wammes.
“I can’t really see the difference. I mean it’s a next gold medal at the Pan American Games; defended my title and became the two-time Pan Am men’s sprint champion. So I am just happy with this performance,” Paul said in a post-medal ceremony interview after he stood still for the pan version of the national anthem.
“I would just say that I prepared as best as possible to come out here and put my best foot forward and to represent Trinidad and Tobago, my family, my friends and my supporters, to the best of my ability and I came out here and I did it. So I am really happy,” added Paul.