• Alistair Donohoe in full flight on the track in Rio (Getty)Source: Getty
Australia continued its hot form on the track at the Rio Paralympic Games with Amanda Reid, Kyle Bridgwood and Alistair Donohoe all claiming silver in their events.
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Cycling Central

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Australian Paralympic Committee
11 Sep 2016 - 3:08 PM  UPDATED 11 Sep 2016 - 3:34 PM

The penultimate starter in the women's C1-2-3 500m time trial, Reid's time was the one to beat.

The 19-year-old sped past her personal best over the two laps with a 40.354 and smashed the C2 Paralympic record by two seconds. With the factoring in of classification, Reid's time dropped to 37.581. 

The last rider out, the Netherlands' Alyda Norbruis, posted a world record time of 39.631, factored to 36.908. 

Reid was shocked with her silver let alone realising Norbruis needed a world record time to defeat her.

“It’s just incredible. I looked up at my time and I was shocked,” Reid said. “I thought ‘Wow, I’ve got a Paralympic track medal’.

"I didn’t really think about what I was going to do I just went out and rode the best I could and tried to beat my personal best.

"That was the best ride I have ever done. I had a little bit of nerves and then they went away when I got in that start gate because I knew what I had to do.”

Alistair Donohoe qualified for the men's C5 4000m individual pursuit (IP) with the second fastest time of 4:38.050 to set up a gold medal ride off against Ukraine's Yehor Demntyev who posted 4:35.534.

Demntyev had the 21-year-old's measure in the final, speeding to gold with a 4:37.708 almost seven seconds faster than Donohoe. 

In the men's C4 4000m IP qualifying Kyle Bridgwood finished nine seconds behind Slovakia's Jozef Metelka who rode to a Paralympic record with 4:29.112. It was still enough to meet the Slovakian in the gold medal match up. 

Metelka caught Bridgwood at the 2000m mark but the Australian was guaranteed silver. 

"I couldn't keep the smile off my face," Bridgwood said after bagging his medal. 

Aussies in action in the final night of track cycling at the Rio Paralympics: 

  • Jess Gallagher and Maddie Janssen in the women's B 3000m IP from 11pm AEST. Medals will be decided from 1.15am AEST. 
  • Sue Powell, David Nicholas and Alistair Donohoe in the 750m team sprint from 11.47pm AEST. Medals will be decided from 1.42am
  • Matthew Formston and Nicholas Yallouris in the men's B 1000m time trial from 12.25am AEST where medals will be decided. 

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