Australia's cyclists dug deep in sizzling conditions to pull out one gold, three silver and two bronze medals in the road time trials.
Cycling Central

Australian Paralympic Committee
16 Sep 2016 - 11:31 AM 

The charge was led by Carol Cooke who won the women’s 15km road cycling time trial for T1-2 in a time of 26min 11.40sec.

“I’m still a bit overwhelmed and I’ll probably start crying again because I didn’t actually think when I finished that I won a medal ,” said an emotional Cooke after the race.

“I’m five time world champion in the time trial so you really put a lot of pressure on yourself but I hope everyone still realises that we all put in 100 percent, more than 100 percent, no matter where we place on the day.”

Track pursuit silver medallist Sue Powell won bronze in the C4 classification. She completed the 20km distance in a time of 30min 19.29sec to be 33 seconds off the gold medal time of American Shawn Morelli.

Another medal came in the men’s tandem time trial where Kieran Modra and pilot David Edwards put their track disappointment behind them to score bronze in the 30km race against the clock.

The pair clocked 35min 09.06sec and were 33 seconds off the winning pace of Great Britain’s Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby with the Netherlands (Vincent ter Schure and Timo Fransen) claiming silver.

In the men’s H5 over 20km Stuart Tripp delivered a breakthrough performance to come within 2.74 seconds of former F1 driver Alessandro Zanardi of Italy who claimed his third Paralympic hand-cycling gold medal. 

The C5 30 kilometre time trial result was a repeat of the pursuit on the track with  Alistair Donohoe claiming silver behind Ukrainian Yehor Dementyev who was 40 seconds faster than the Australian.

Australia’s final silver medal of the day was won by Kyle Bridgwood who, like Donohoe, was beaten by the same man who defeated him for gold in the track pursuit. Slovakian Jozef Metelka clocked 37:52.84 for the 30 kilometre distance with Bridgwood 30 seconds off the pace.