Southland pair win cycling gold
Mon, 03 Sep 2012 6:23a.m.
Southland’s Phillipa Gray and Laura Thompson have won New Zealand’s first gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympics.
Gray and Thompson beat current world champs Ireland by just over five seconds, and smashed the former world record in their qualifying lap by nearly five seconds.
“The world record [which they set earlier in the day] doesn’t even feel real yet, nothing feels real, it’s just a dream,” says Gray.
It is New Zealand’s first track gold medal in 2012 and the country’s first ever in the tandem event.
In other New Zealand Paralympic news overnight
Cameron Leslie has won gold in the Men’s 150m individual medley, Mary Fisher has won Silver in the Women’s 100m backstroke and Michael Johnson picked up a Bronze in the Men’s 10m air rifle.
New Zealand, currently sits 10th on the overall medal table with four gold, three silver and four bronze.
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3/09/2012 9:59:51 a.m.
But it was the first gold medal in Cycling!! And a first gold medal for a tandem team!! All the Gold medal winners are awesome, Go NZ. More TV coverage would be great, sad its so limited, come on TVNZ
3/09/2012 7:39:43 a.m.
@the editor : I wouldn't call this "New Zealand's first gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympics". Sophie Pascoe has already won gold before these two. Is this the first gold on the Paralympics track?
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