FILE - Tristen Chernove hits the track during competition at the UCI Para Cycling Track World Championships from Jan. 30- Feb. 2, 2020 in Milton, Ont. Ivan Rupes photo.

FILE - Tristen Chernove hits the track during competition at the UCI Para Cycling Track World Championships from Jan. 30- Feb. 2, 2020 in Milton, Ont. Ivan Rupes photo.

Chernove, Turbide add silver medals for Canada at Tokyo Paralympics

Chernove’s medal was the fourth of his career

TOKYO — Canada’s Tristen Chernove raced to a silver medal in cycling’s C1 3,000 metres at the Tokyo Paralympics.

The 46-year-old from Cranbrook, B.C., was overtaken by Russian Paralympic Committee cyclist Mikhail Astashov in the race for gold at the Izu Velodrome in Shizuoka.

Canadian Nicolas-Guy Turbide swam to a silver in the S13 100-metre backstroke later Thursday, upgrading from the bronze he captured five years ago at the Rio Paralympics. The 24-year-old from Quebec City has a visual impairment.

With the pair of silvers on Day 2, Canada has four medals at the Paralympics.

Chernove’s medal was the fourth of his career.

He won silver in the same event at the 2016 Rio Games, and also won gold in the road cycling C2 time trial and bronze in the C1-3 1,000-metre time trial on the track.

Chernove was diagnosed in 2009 with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, which affects his lower legs, and he took up competitive cycling in hopes of slowing its symptoms.

The Rio Olympics marked his big breakthrough in the sport and since then he’s raced to numerous world track and road race medals.

Chernove led the Canadian team with silver medals in the kilo, scratch race, and omnium at the 2020 world track championships just before the pandemic hit.

Also at the pool on Thursday, Canada’s Katarina Roxon was fourth in the 100-metre breaststroke. The 28-year-old from Kippens, N.L., won gold in the event at the Rio Paralympics.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 26, 2021.

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