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National cycling champion brings home gold in Trinidad

Friday, March 23, 2018

Dahlia Palmer, Jamaica's reigning national female cycling champion, put in a dominant performance at back-to-back cycling events held this past weekend in Trinidad.

Palmer took first place in each of the five cycling races she entered over a two-day period. Palmer's cycling specialties are high bank oval track sprints.

At Saturday's Luce Memorial Cycle Track Meet, Palmer placed first in Ladies Elite Three Lap, the Keirin Pace and the 500m sprint.

The following day at the 53rd Southern Games, Palmer notched two more gold medals, this time in the 500m and 1,000m races.

Both days' events are early-season performance tests as Palmer readies for international competition this season. Palmer is currently training in Trinidad where she races for Team DPS. She is scheduled to compete at Copa Cuba di Pista, Trinidad's Wheels on Fire, and the UCI Sprint Grand Prix in Trexlertown USA.

Palmer, who hails from Hanover, looks forward to joining the national cycling team in track sprints once female qualifying times are released. Her short-term goal is to represent Jamaica at the Pan Am Games in Mexico this fall, with an ultimate goal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in her three cycling specialties.