It is the first Canadian podium in history in the event, which made its Olympic debut in 2012 at the London Olympics.
Dutch Shanne Braspennincx beat New Zealand’s Ellesse Andrews. Also in the final, Alberta’s Kelsey Mitchell finished fifth.
I don’t realize itsaid Genest, who made his cycling debut just five years ago.
Passion and training are a combination that pays off. Last year, we worked hard. We told ourselves we were getting better, that we were strong, but we didn’t know what other people in the world were doing. We were hoping to be competitive. Today, we really proved it.
I’m an Olympic bronze medalist […] It is a lifetime achievement.
However, the 23-year-old Quebec shed a few tears when she mentioned Mitchell, her teammate and friend, who had just missed the podium.
In the race when I passed her, I was hoping she would have some. She deserves it as much as I do.
German title-holder Emma Haines relegated to the junior final after finishing sixth in her group in the semi-finals. She finally ended up at the seventh level.
The two Canadians finished second and third in the semi-final wave. Previously, Mitchell dominated his race in the quarter-finals, while Genest finished fourth.
Quebec had their best result on the international stage at the World Cup in Cambridge, New Zealand, in December 2019. She won the silver medal.
She placed 13th in the event at the 2019 World Championships and 16th in the 2020 Championships.
Proud despite disappointment
After making his cycling debut at the end of 2017, Mitchell is also participating in his first Olympic Games. The 27-year-old has seen an astonishing rise in discipline, holding the world mark in the 200m.
Mitchell won four medals in his debut season on the World Cup circuit in the 2019-20 season. She placed 4th in the sprint and 16th in the Kirin on her world debut in 2020.
Although disappointed with her proximity to the podium, she was happy with her teammate.
We put a lot of effort into it and I’m very happy to see her take the bronze. Yes, I would like to be with her on the stage […] But I feel like a winner too. It’s so sexy […] I am really happy for her. Nobody deserves it more.
Albertan, who will also participate in the sprint race, was very proud of her performance.
This is the first time I’ve reached the Kirin final. There is a learning curve to follow, and there is more to come. She said it was just the beginning. I will leave here happy. And I’m over with the Lorient Medal.
In the other final of the day, Britain’s Matthew Walls was crowned in the Omnium competition. New Zealander Campbell Stewart won the silver and Elia Viviani of Italy took the bronze.