Tredegar cyclist Colbourne wins first medal for Team GB after scooping a silver
3:50pm Thursday 30th August 2012 in Sport
MARK Colbourne, from Tredegar, won Great Britain's first medal of the XIV Paralympic Games at the London 2012 velodrome this afternoon, with silver in the C1-2-3 one-kilometre time-trial.
In an event factored to account for mixing classifications, Li Zhang Yu of China won gold with a C1 world record of one minute 13.009 seconds, converted to 1min 05.021secs.
Colbourne, competing in his first Paralympics aged 41 following a paragliding accident in 2009 which saw him sustain a broken back, finished in 1:16.882, converted to 1:08.471, as he claimed Britain's first podium place of the Games in front of a 6,000-capacity partisan crowd.
Tobias Graf of Germany set a C2 world record of 1:15.858, converted to 1:09.979, as he finished with bronze.
C3 world record holder Kenny, a six-time Paralympic champion, clocked 1:10.203 to place fourth, while Rik Waddon was ninth in 1:11.394 and Ireland's Enda Smyth, also a C3 rider, was 16th in 1:13.890.
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