03/17/2016 23:27 EDT | Updated 03/18/2017 01:12 EDT

Para-cycling track world championships: Canada wins gold, silver

​Canadian para-cyclists Tristen Chernove and Ross Wilson set an early tone at the track world championships in Montichiari, Italy, winning a gold and silver, respectively on the first day of competition Thursday.

Chernove, competing at his first track worlds, captured the men's C2 individual pursuit title in a time of three minutes 43.609 seconds, nearly five seconds ahead of his closest opponent, Colin Lynch of Ireland.

The native of Cranbrook, B.C., overcame a protest, an attempt to have Chernove reclassified to C3 between the qualifier and gold medal final that was denied by officials, to defeat Lynch by more than nine seconds.

"That race was great," Chernove told Cycling Canada. "Obviously, any time you accomplish what you were going for, it feels great. The whole day was fantastic.

"It's been a big day of learning. I'm just thankful to all the people who got me here, especially my family and colleagues."

Wilson, the defending silver medallist in the men's C1 event, was defeated by China's Zhangyu Li in qualifying and the gold-medal race. Li beat the Canadian for last year's world title.

"I think the qualifier went very well," Wilson, an Edmonton native, said. "I knew I was on really good form coming into this event. I've done a lot of work with my coach, Cam Jennings.

"Having the chance to work in the Milton velodrome has allowed us to move forward and really develop my track riding skills."

This competition is the final qualification event for the Rio Paralympics in September.

Other Canadian results:

Women's C5 500-metre time trial

Marie-Claude Molnar, Montreal: 8th, 43.218 seconds

Men's C3 individual pursuit

Michael Sametz, Calgary: 8th, 3:43.040

Men's C1 individual pursuit

Jaye Milley, Calgary: 7th, 4:11.767