Alexander’s golden ride was completed in 1:06.165. Receiving silver was Kevin Mansker of the United States (1:06.635) and claiming bronze was Argentinian Matia Gatto (1:07.261).
The 18-year-old also rode into Trinidad and Tobago’s history books as the youngest ever Pan American champion.
Alexander is 18 years and 70 days old and attained his first Elite Pan Am title in his first International Elite competition. The TT cyclist overcame numerous obstacles on the previous day before going on to win the gold.
Initially, the Kilometre Time Trail was scheduled to begin and conclude on Wednesday but heavy rainfall in Argentina forced the event to be cancelled. This meant that all times recorded on Wednesday would be void according to the rules and the athletes would now have to re-ride.
On Wednesday, the Beacon rider finished in a time of 1:06.133 which put him in second, closely behind Mansker (1:05.570), among the five remaining cyclists.
However, it was then that the rain came and washed away all other carded events and previously recorded times.
Alexander’s win sees him following in the footsteps of Gene Samuel (1984, 1994) and Christopher Sellier (2010) who both captured gold in the same event..
Minister of Sport Anil Roberts praised Alexander on winning the Kilometre Time Trial.
He described the win as “Fantastic, especially given the fact that Quincy is competing at his first senior level event and has won precious metal. It augurs well for the immediate future for cycling in Trinidad and Tobago. I also look forward to seeing all the individual cycling talent in Quincy Alexander, Njisane Phillip, Christopher Sellier and Azikiwe Kellar combining to form a team that can compete and win on the world stage.”