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Reid breaks own world record in cycling

Amanda Reid has “zig-zagged” her way to a Paralympic track cycling gold medal and a world record, putting a testing five years behind her.

The Australian went one better than her 500m time trial silver medal at the 2016 Rio Games, dominating the C1-3 event on Friday at Tokyo’s Izu Velodrome.

The three-time Paralympian – she swam in London and then switched to cycling – clocked 38.487 seconds and was the only rider to go sub-39.

Also on Friday, Alistair Donohoe repeated his result from Rio when he won silver in the C5 4000m individual pursuit while Gordon Allan finished fifth in the C1-3 1000m time trial.

Reid, 25, broke the 38.918 world record for the C2 class she set last November at Brisbane’s Anna Meares Velodrome.

Dutch rider Alyda Norbruis won silver with 39.002 and China’s Qian Wangwei was third in 41.403.

Qian also broke the world record for the C1 class.

It was Australia’s third cycling gold medal at the Tokyo Games.

Reid, who has cerebral palsy, overcame a shaky start to snare the gold medal.

“It just means everything … I was hoping for the world record, but I was bit everywhere on the track, a bit like a zig-zag,” she told Channel Seven.

“That’s because of my cerebral palsy, so it can be very interesting when I ride.”

Reid’s switch from cycling to swimming hasn’t all been success and speed.

Three years ago, 카지노사이트 she was accused in the media of exaggerating her symptoms.

The Australian Paralympic Committee, now Paralympics Australia, strongly backed Reid at the time, saying she has “multiple impairments”.

“The last five years have been up and down, so to get gold is just amazing,” she said.

“It feels so great.”

Reid is also the rarest of athletes in Australian sport – an elite Indigenous cyclist.

“Being a proud Aboriginal woman from Guringai and Wemba-Wemba, I hope to inspire more indigenous kids with disabilities back in Australia to start with sports and achieve their dreams like I have,” she said.

Donohoe’s late surge in his qualifying ride earlier on Friday put him into the gold medal ride-off against Frenchman Dorian Foulon, who broke the world record with his fastest time of 4:18.274.

Foulon led from the start in the final and the Australian could not bridge the gap.

The French star clocked 4:20.757 and Donohoe posted 4:24.095.

Donohoe wants Games redemption in next week’s road racing.

He was sprinting for a road race gold medal in Rio when a collision took him out and he was relegated to fifth after he ran across the line without his bike.

Australia is second on the cycling medal tally behind Great Britain with three gold, two silver and a bronze.

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