Paralympian claims gold
3:03pm Friday 31st August 2012 in News
This live event has finished
- Paralympian Mark Colbourne wins Gold in his second event of the Games.
- And breaks another World Record
- We watch the race with his fans in the Castle Hotel in his home town of Tredegar.
- The Castle Hotel on Castle Street in Tredegar is showing the race on a big screen at 3.45pm.
- If your pub, bar or hotel is showing the race, tweet us at @SouthWalesArgus.
- You can also follow our live blog and use the hashtag #gomark.
- Our reporter Keiligh Baker will be watching the race, you can follow her tweets at @ArgusKBaker.
AM for Blaenau Gwent, Alun Davies said: "This is your moment Mark, we have all read about the personal ambition behind winning the gold today. You have certainly put Tredegar on the Paralympian world map and I look forward to seeing our very own gold post box."
Deputy leader for Tredegar town council Alyson Tippings was delighted with Mark's win.
She said: "I'm so excited - wasn't he cool? He kept to his schedule and didn't try and chase his opponent, he just roped him in.
"I can't wait for our gold post box. The end of the race was such a memorable moment and I'm looking forward to all the visitors coming to Tredegar."
@JoannaRowsell Thank you for your support and I hope your GOLD medal vibe rubs off on us all #goingforgold at the #2012london #paralympics— @MarkColbourne 29 August 2012
Well done to @markcolbourne who follows up his silver yesterday with a gold, Wales's first of these games, and a new world record! Da iawn!— @fmwales 31 August 2012
Mark Colbourne dedicated his gold medal to his late father Cecil, who died at the age of 74 from stomach cancer just before Mr Colbourne competed in the Paracycling World Championships last February.
He also dedicated the medal to his mother, who he said was in the crowd, and his daughter "whose been through a lot in the last three years".
Keiligh Baker reports:
Castle Hotel landlord Darren Price said: "The troubles he has had to overcome makes you put your own problems in perspective. We are proud of him"
Gold post box for Mark Colbourne is confirmed by Royal Mail. Could be as early as tomorrow so keep an eye out......
Tredegar man Lyndon Bennett said: "He's a Tredegar boy, so let's have the civic reception in Bedwellty House, not Ebbw Vale."
Keiligh Baker reports: "Just met Christopher Harris, who lived near Mark when they were kids in Tredegar. He said: "We are all so chuffed for him, proud."
Celebratory pints in the Castle pub in Tredegar for @markcolbourne's victory #gomark— @ArgusKBaker 31 August 2012
Think it's fair to say everyone in Tredegar is going crazy for Mark right now!— @Cyanide_After 31 August 2012
RT @BritishCycling: Colbourne takes it in a time of 3:53.88 a WR, making him the new Men's C1 Individual Pursuit Olympic Champion #para ...— @Cyclo_rama 31 August 2012
RT @ArgusKBaker: Celebration in Tredegar! #gomark http://t.co/7YE0OTFB— @AndrewPenman1 31 August 2012
The Castle goes mad! Cheering and clapping @markcolbourne's gold and world record! #gomark http://t.co/5QNlAP1e— @ArgusKBaker 31 August 2012
It's gold for Mark as he gets another World Record
Tension from friends and fans as they watch! #gomark http://t.co/Gl2EYA4J— @ArgusKBaker 31 August 2012
Just arrived in Tredegar and saw this sign! #gomark http://t.co/8uDfjkvw— @KeilighBaker 31 August 2012
Fans will be at the Castle Hotel, Tredegar to watch his race which starts at 3.45pm
Colbourne has already won a silver medal in yesterday's event and this morning he broke the World Record in the C1 Individual pursuit.
Paralympian Mark Colbourne said he was competing in memory of his late father.
The dad from Tredegar broke his back in a paragliding accident.
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