Para-cycling Golds and the London Marathon

It has been an action packed weekend for disability sports in general with the conclusion of the para-cycling world championships in Mexico and the London Marathon taking place.

Team GB came away from the World Championships with a tally of 7 Gold medals, 1 Silver and 2 Bronzes and 2 new world records. All this was achieved while a sickness bug worked its way through the team forcing the withdrawal of Jody Cundy, Gold medalist in the C4 kilo and also Jon-Allan Butterworth, Silver medalist in the C5 kilo. There was however delight for Sophie Thornhill and Rachel James who came away with 2 Gold medals in their first ever major championships.

Jody Cundy races towards a Gold Medal (image: Christian Palma/PA Wire/Press Association Images)

On Sunday there was a nail biting finish to the London Marathon Wheelchair race as David Weir was denied a 7th London Marathon victory by the Marcel Hug, winner of last weekend’s Paris Marathon. In the ladies wheelchair race there was a dominant performance by¬†Tatyana McFadden, setting a new course record of 1:45.11 in her title defence. Fresh from the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, McFadden was confident of her fitness but unsure of her chair technique before the event, however she finished a minute and a half clear of second place¬†Manuela Schar.


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