Great Britain’s Mark Colbourne has won the home nation’s second gold medal of the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
The Welshman claimed victory with a world record time of 3:53.881 in the final of the men’s individual C1 Pursuit, an event in which he was crowned world champion in February.
Colbourne beat China’s Li Zhang Yu in the final, an impressive achievement given the Chinese athlete’s dominance of the C1-3 1km time trial, an event in which Colbourne claimed the silver medal yesterday.
He said: “Obviously it took me 12 months to almost get over the severity of my accident.
“The day that I actually got back onto a bicycle, I would have never dreamed that I would have been here today representing Paralympics GB, winning a gold medal in the 30th Olympiad in London.
“It’s almost as it’s been written for me.”
Great Britain won further medals in the second day of competition in the velodrome, courtesy of Aileen McGlynn, who with tandem pilot, Helen Scott, claimed silver in the women’s individual B 1km time trial, and with Jon-Allan Butterworth, who was narrowly beaten by a world record time from Spain’s Alfonso Cabello in the men’s individual C4-5 1km time trial.
Shaun McKeown and Darren Kenny took silver and bronze respectively for the home nation in the men’s individual C3 pursuit behind gold medalist, Joseph Berenyi (USA).