Wednesday, September 05 2012
The first gold medals in the Paralympic Road Cycling at Brands Hatch have been decided with five results declared in the Men's Individual Time Trial, including a silver for ParalympicsGB with Mark Colbourne in the C1 category.
Ukranian athlete Yegor Dementyev made history as the first man to claim a gold medal at the Kent circuit, claiming the honours in the Men's Individual C5 Time Trial over 24km. Chinese Xinyang Liu claimed second and Michael Gallagher from Australia the bronze. British contender Jon-Allan Butterworth finished in 13th.
Almost immediately afterwards the C4 category results were also decided with Czech Republic rider Jiri Lezek securing gold, Romanian Carol-Eduard Novak silver and Lezek's countryman Jiri Bouska bronze.
In the C3 category it was Australian David Nicholls who claimed gold, seven seconds clear of silver medallist Joseph Berenyi from the USA. Japanese rider Masaki Fujita claimed bronze. ParalympicsGB hopeful Shaun McKeown finished a creditable sixth.
The C2 and C1 Time Trials were held over 16km, with Tobias Graft claiming gold in the C2 category for Germany with Guihua Liang in silver for China and Maurice Tio Eckhard securing bronze for Spain.
In C1 it was German Michael Teuber in gold, Mark Colbourne claiming ParalympicGB's first medal of the road cycling with silver and Yu Li Zhang in bronze.