After a successful stint at the just-concluded UCI Nations Cup, cyclist Nicholas Paul will be heading back to the UCI Training Centre this week where he will continue his preparations ahead of the World Championships in France next month.
The event will take place at the Velodrome Couvert Regional Jean-Stablinski in Roubaix, France. It was originally scheduled to be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
Paul shook off an unfortunate spell at the Tokyo, Japan Olympic Games in July/August, to blossom at the Nations Cup, claiming a triple gold medal in the Kilometre Time Trial, the keirin event and the much-fancied match-sprint.
Speaking to Guardian Media Sports on Monday, a humble Paul, said he was grateful to the Almighty God, without whom his achievements could not be possible. " It's always a pleasure to win gold and see your hard work pay off, so coming here to Cali, Colombia was another event. I came and I executed, so I was happy with my performance. It's all a step-by-step process. I think that I ticked certain boxes that I needed to clean up from the Olympics and other stuff that I learnt."
Paul, 22, who has set on focus on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, progress has been a welcome one to add to the multi-talented Njisane Phillip, who will return to the T&T team soon. Paul is currently the world record holder in the flying 200 metres which he set in 2019 with a lightning-quick time of 9.100 seconds.
At the Olympic Games, he also forced the world to recognise his God-given talent by qualifying for the quarterfinals of both the match sprint and keirin events, and was also a qualifier for the semifinal of the keirin.
For Paul though, his accomplishments at the just concluded meet was not an easy one: "It was a bit hard because I had some rest period after the Olympics and it was just about a week of training to come into this meet, so it was a bit hard and challenging, but I still came away with the victory, so I am proud of myself. Every competition is of a high level because you could never know what could happen, you can never know what stage of the programme your opponents are at, so yes, every competition is another challenge," said Paul.