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Campbell basking in double delight, on track for Tokyo 2020
The Piarco International Airport was busy yesterday morning, welcoming home several T&T athletes after successful competitions abroad. A few minutes after the VIP Lounge was cleared of the heroic hockey players, T&T cyclist Teniel Campbell, along with her manager David Roberts, entered.
Campbell created history this past weekend when she won double gold at the Elite Women Caribbean Road Cycling Championships in Martinique. In the process, she became the first female cyclist in the region to achieve the feat. Campbell successfully defended her title in the Individual Time Trial and won gold medal in the 66km Road Race.
This is an accomplishment that came a year late for the T&T cyclist. Last year, at the same championships, she won the time trial, but cramps forced her to abandon the road race. She said, “It feels amazing, because last year I cramped in the road race which stopped me from getting the double and this year the same thing almost happened but I fought through it. Getting the double, getting it done, and creating an historic moment for Trinidad and Tobago feels pretty fantastic, and I must thank my manager for making it happen.”
It was a trip that Campbell almost missed. Her manager Desmond Roberts, only made it happen on Thursday night last week, and she arrived in Martinique on Friday night, mere hours before the start of the event. The PSL rider said it felt “amazing” to have achieved the double after the “last minute trip”.
In thanking her family, friends and club for the support, she continues to ride towards her target of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.
While there, Roberts held discussions with International Cycling Union (UCI) president David Lappartient, to assist Campbell in getting to Europe to train.
The discussions have left her excited.
“This is something very important to me because the level of racing in Europe is extremely high and a different level compared to the Caribbean and this region, so getting out there and competing and training amongst the best in the world would help towards my 2020 dreams of medalling at the Olympic Games,” she concluded.