Team GB return with 17 medals from Para-Cycling Track World Championships
GREAT Britain’s Para-Cycling squad ended the final day of the track world championships in Los Angeles on top of the medal chart.
The squad won eight gold, seven silver and two bronze medals and finished the tournament with a silver medal for the team’s sprint trio of Darren Kenny, Sarah Storey and Jody Cundy.
Kenny, Storey and Cundy missed out to China, ending Great Britain’s unbeaten record which has run since 2007.
British duo, Anthony Kappes and Craig MacLean won the men’s tandem event and head coach Chris Furber admitted the performance of other teams such as the Chinese had provided a wake-up call ahead of the Paralympic Games in London later this year.
He said: “We knew the standard here was going to be high but it’s been tougher than we expected.
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“It’s been a bit of a wake-up call for some riders and we’ve got to work really hard between now and the Games to stay in front where we are in front and get in front where we’re not.
“We now need to look at the data to see if we can spread ourselves more thinly across more events or whether it’s within our best interest to focus on one event.
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“I know I would rather go away with one gold medal than two silvers and riders will feel exactly the same.”
Furber added: “However, we are in the medal mix and that’s really important because if you’re in the medal mix here, you’re going to be competitive in London. From that point of view (17 medals) we’ve done very well.”