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Paralympic sports - 07. September 2008.

Hat-trick of golds in the velodrome



Aileen McGlynn and Darren Kenny added two more gold medals to Simon Richardson’s victory earlier this afternoon to complete a perfect first day for Britain in Beijing’s Laoshan Velodrome.

The only British cyclists in action today, McGlynn, Kenny and Richardson, from Scotland, England and Wales respectively, each picked up a gold medal and set a world record apiece.

Thirty-five year old McGlynn defended her Athens title, shaving more than a second from her own world record in the women’s 1km time trial (B&VI) to clock 1:09.066.

“It was a hard one, but really, really good,” she said. “We’ve been working so hard over the last year building up to these games. It’s purely head-down and pedal as hard as you can, but we knew we had it in the bank to do a good time.

“I’m a proud Scot so it’s great that I can fly the flag for Scotland, just like Chris Hoy. I watched him at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and it inspired me to take up track cycling.”

Australian Felicity Johnson had already broken the Paralympic record McGlynn set in Athens but she held it for just a few minutes.

“We said to ourselves that if the Aussie’s posted a good time then we’d just have to post a better one,” said Ellen Hunter, McGlynn’s pilot in the tandem event. “They did and we did.”

Tuesday 9 September  McGlynn tries to improve on her Athens silver in the women’s individual pursuit (B&VI).
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