Six gold medals were awarded during the first day of the 2012 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships which opened on Thursday at the Home Depot Center in Carson. The velodrome in the suburbs of Los Angeles has already hosted three rounds of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup as well as the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2005.
261 athletes representing 31 nations are taking part in this event, which is also the last qualification stage before the London Paralympic Games in August. It will therefore be proposing some very interesting competitions through until Sunday.
The first day of competition confirmed the excellent quality of the show that we will see over the next few days from these top para-cyclists: world records were broken in two of the five categories of the 500 metres time trial.
In C2, the Dutch rider Alijda Norbruis was victorious in 43â101, bettering by more than 3â the time established by the American Allison Jones a year ago in Guadalajara. Jones finished third in Los Angeles behind Chinaâs Yin He.
In the C1 category the title was not awarded to the Australian Jayme Paris â she was the only competitor at the start â but in the C3 her compatriot Simone Kennedy won the direct confrontation with the German Denise Schindler to take the rainbow jersey.
The dayâs second exploit came from Jianping Ruan (CHN) in C4, who broke her own world record by 66 hundredths: 38â974 is the new reference time in this category. The Australian Susan Powell and Canadian Marie-Claude Molnar completed the podium.
In C5, the much awaited Sarah Storey â who in December took the gold medal in the team sprint at the Cali (COL) round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup â was perfectly at ease in the role of favourite. The British athlete left no chance to her opponents, inflicting nearly two seconds on her American opponents Greta Neimanas (2nd) and Jennifer Schuble (3rd).
The class B pursuit saw Ireland win gold in the womenâs race with Catherine Walsh and Francine Meehan, who out rode Great Britain in the final over 3km. New Zealand took the bronze medal.
In the menâs pursuit over 4km, Ireland was unable to make it a double for their country, finishing second behind Australiaâs Bryce Lindores and Scott McPhee. Third place went to Canada in this speciality, which closed the first day of the 2012 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles.
Photo: Jianping Ruan (CHN) broke her own world record
UCI Communication Services