Mexico — American track racer Jimmy Watkins won the kilometer time trial at the Pan American Championships in Mexico on Tuesday. Watkins put in an incredible time of 1:01.08 on his Felt TK1 track bike. Another Felt-sponsored rider, Canadian Travis Smith, took bronze in the kilo.
In addition to winning gold, Watkins also set a new U.S. record in the kilo. The Californian's time eclipsed the previous U.S. record of 1:01.61, held by Taylor Phinney.
The kilo gold was Watkins’ second medal of the 2009 Pan Am Championships. He also scored silver in the Keirin. Incredibly, this is Watkins’ first time competing internationally for the United States. He is the current U.S. champion in Match Sprint, Keirin and Team Sprint, and is widely considered America’s next great track sprinter.