Colbourne gets gold and silver

4:00pm Monday 13th February 2012

TREDEGAR’S Mark Colbourne led the way as Great Britain picked up 12 medals at the Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles this weekend.

The 42-year-old won a gold medal on Saturday – alongside the male tandem pairing of Anthony Kappes and Craig Maclean – and a silver yesterday.

Colbourne posted the second fastest time in qualification in the C1 3km pursuit behind Spain’s Mendez Fernandez on Saturday.

However, this prompted a protest from the German team which claimed he should be in a different, less disabled class.

He was, though, deemed to be in the correct class and went on to win in style by catching his opponent two-thirds through the race.

The other highlight on day two came from GB’s two male tandem pairings in the B Kilo.

Defending champion Neil Fachie, piloted by Barney Storey, lost his title to Kappes, piloted by Maclean, by just 0.099 of a second.

In other events, Darren Kenny had to settle for silver in the C3 3km pursuit final, Aileen McGlynn and Helen Scott could not match Australia’s world-record-breaking pace in the kilo, placing second, and Jody Cundy picked up a bronze in the C4 4km pursuit.

On day three yesterday Great Britain enjoyed another hugely successful session – picking up another six medals, four of them gold.

Multiple World and Paralympic champion Kenny improved on his silver in the C3 3km pursuit with victory in the C3 1km time trial.

There were also wins for Cundy in the C4 1km time trial, Jon-Allan Butterworth in the C5 1km time trial and for Sarah Storey in the women’s C5 3km pursuit as the GB team took their gold medal tally to seven heading into the final day.

Butterworth’s win also saw him reclaim the world record in a time of 1:07.212.

Colbourne picked up a silver in the C1 Kilo and Shaun McKeown won bronze in the C3 kilo.


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