“We have learned a lot from these World Championships and will now work on the bits we need to improve for London.”
Great Britain showed its dominance once again on the Para-Cycling circuit, finishing atop the medal tally at the 2012 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles, California (USA) with eight gold, seven silver and two bronze medals.
Mark Colbourne, Jody Cundy and Sarah Storey led the British charge, each coming away with multiple medals from the Championships, which ran 9-12 February and allowed riders another chance to pick up qualification points for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
In Colbourne’s first-ever international track competition, he cruised to gold in the 3km Pursuit C1 and picked up a silver in the 1km Time Trial C1.
“We have learned a lot from these World Championships and will now work on the bits we need to improve for London,” Colbourne said. “We will be doing a lot of work on the road in the build-up to the Games, as the Road Time Trial is one of my main targets, as well as the 3km Pursuit and the Kilo.”
Storey notched golds in both the 500m Time Trial and 3km Pursuit C5 events, setting a personal best and British record in the former.
Despite admitting to not having his best performance, Cundy still rode to gold in the 1km Time Trial C4 and bronze in the 4km Pursuit C4.
Australia finished second in the standings with seven golds and three silvers. The Australian tandem of Felicity Johnson and Stephanie Morton raced to a world-record gold in the Time Trial 1km B, while David Nicholas picked up gold in the 3km
Pursuit C3 and Michael Gallagher snatched the title in the 4km Pursuit C5.
Host nation USA won six medals, including a gold, a pair of silvers and three bronze medals.
Greta Neimanas claimed three of those medals for Team USA, including a silver in the 3km Pursuit C5 after Storey caught up to her midway through the race.
Ireland’s Colin Lynch won gold in the 3km Pursuit C2 after having to contend with a classification protest just before the final. He was given the all clear before he powered home to beat China’s world-record holder Gui Hua Liang by six seconds in the final.