Watkins wins gold with new U.S. records at Pan Am Championships
Mexico City (July 29, 2009) – With racing still remaining, the U.S. has already secured four medals, including a gold by Jimmy Watkins (Bakersfield, Calif./Momentum-Hawk) at the Pan American Road and Track Cycling Championships in Mexico City. Watkins has unofficially set two new American and Pan American records and earned a Pan Am title in the kilo. Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Proman) added to the U.S. medal tally finishing second in the scratch race and third in the 500-meter time
Watkins posted a time of 1:01.085 in the kilometer time trial on Tuesday, besting Taylor Phinney’s (Boulder, Colo./Trek-Livestrong) previous American record of 1:01.611 set at the UCI Track World Championships in Poland in March. The full-time fire fighter and father then posted a 9.876 in the 200-meter sprint on Wednesday, qualifying first for the match sprint and setting another American and Pan-American record. His sub-10 second time topped Jeffery LaBauve’s previous 200-meter American record of 10.062 set in Moscow in June of 2002. Watkins also added a silver medal to his tally earlier in the week, finishing second in Monday’s keirin.
Higgins has also collected a pair of medals so far, finishing second in the scratch race and third in the 500-meter time trial with a personal best time of 11.446.
The men’s and women’s sprint events, Madison, men’s omnium, women’s keirin and women’s points race still remain for the U.S. National Team.