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Paralympic sports - 22. May 2009.

Cyclists and Basketball Athletes come out on top on day 3

Meanwhile Paralympic gold medallist Sarah Storey won her second gold of the event, taking top honours in the LC3/LC4/CP3 3km pursuit.

Aileen McGlynn and pilot rider Vicky Begg, riding together for the first time at the 2009 BT Paralympic World Cup, took the gold in the B/Vi 3km pursuit, beating Ireland's Catherine Walsh and Caroline Ryan.

In the women's wheelchair basketball semi-finals today the British side faced the Netherlands team who beat them by just a solitary point in yesterday's game.

In the first quarter both teams played relatively cautiously, with the Netherlands just edging the points advantage 16-12 after the first ten minutes, but in the second quarter the British team started to play more aggressively.

Caroline Matthews opened the scoring but the Netherlands also upped their tempo and extended their lead again to 20-14. Two baskets from Clare Strange and one from Francis Ray put GB back on terms, but two points from Inge Huitzing for the visitors in the final minute put the score 22-20 to them at half time.

In the second half the Netherlands attacked the game and pulled away 32-24 by half way through the third. The home side rallied, supported by the crowd, but the quarter finished 36-27 to the Netherlands.

In the final ten minutes the Netherlands continued their dominance of the game and the contest finished 54-34 in their favour, a result that also reflected the youth of the British side.

"Even though I wanted the win, it was more important that all the players got to play and see what they can do", said GB coach Garry Peel.

"The Dutch squad is their squad for the Worlds next year and for the Europeans later this year, whereas my squad is a developing one, so overall I'm pleased."

The GB women will play China in the bronze medal game tomorrow.


Results (featuring British entries only)

Wheelchair Basketball


GB 34 - 54 The Netherlands



LC3/LC4/CP3 3km pursuit

Gold Storey, S, GBR 3:46.403
Silver Neimanas, G, USA 3:56.700
Bronze Schuble, J, USA 4:06.533

B/Vi 3km pursuit
Gold McGlynn, A/Begg, V GBR

Highlights from today's action can be viewed at www.btvision.bt.com/sport/paralympic-world-cup/

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