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Record Breaking UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships Come to an End

The UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships came to an end on Sunday evening (13 March) after three days of thrilling competition in Montichiari, Italy.

In total 230 athletes from 27 countries took part in the event breaking nine World records.

The first records to fall were during Friday’s morning session where China’s Gui Liang (C2) and Australia’s Michael Gallagher (C5) set new World marks in the 3km and 4km individual pursuits respectively.

Day two saw five records set with China’s Gui Hua Liang (C2) setting his second World record of the Championships, this time in the 1km time trial.

Other record breakers in the 1km time trial included Argentinean Rodrigo Fernando Lopez (C1) and British riders Jody Cundy (C4) and Jon-Allan Butterworth (C5). The Australian pair of Kieran Modra and Scott McPhee also set a world’s best in the 4km pursuit for visually impaired riders.

The climax of the event was the team sprint which saw the World record broken three times. The Chinese trio of Xiaofei Ji, Lu Zhang and Yuan Chao Zheng were the first to break the record in qualifying. The British team of Terry Byrne, Jody Cundy and Darren Kenny then followed suit going under 50 seconds before they then broke it again in the final to claim gold.

Great Britain dominated the event claiming more than a quarter of all medals available, including a clean sweep of gold, silver and bronze in the 3km individual pursuit C3.

Gareth Sheppard, Performance Manager at British Cycling, said: “I think it’s been fantastic World Championships.

“There have been some really strong performances and we’re where we want to be in the build-up for London. So we’re very happy with our results.

"We know that’s the expectation, to be able to perform. It’s a home Games. But again, that was, I think, a once- in-a-lifetime performance in Beijing. So it’s going to be really hard to come on equal or build on that result.

"We’re not really looking at medals. We’re looking at performances. And I think the guys have shown that they’re on track in terms of performances. We cannot control what the other nations will do in London. We can only control our own performances and that’s really what we’re going to focus on,” he added.

The next major event in Para-Cycling is from 4-6 May in Sydney, Australia for the first stop of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup.