BEIJING, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- British Darren Kenny set
the track on fire as he took the gold medal of the men's one kilometer time
trial in CP3 category and smashed a one-minute-old world record by about three
seconds, repeating what he did in the CP3 individual pursuit race.
The result was never in doubt from the moment Kenny
put the pedal down. After the first of the four lap race, he was already half a
second up on the target time and just went faster and faster to flash across the
line in one minute and 8.688 seconds, which made him the first CP3 rider ever
under one minute and 10 seconds.
Just over one minute earlier Kenny had seen his
teammate Rik Waddon take two seconds off the world record Kenny set at the 2007
World Championships in France. If he needed any incentive to burn the track
down, this was it.
"I feel like flying on the track," said Kenny, "It's
just fantastic. It's really nice. It is a little bit difficult race. And
especially my teammate is also there in the same race. There are your main
competitors. You want them to do well. Both my teammate and I will be on the
podium. The new record is what we all expected to."
Waddon looked on open-mouthed as Kenny demolished his
record which stood for just over a minute and had to settle for silver yet again
behind Kenny, a carbon copy of the outcome of the Paralympic Cycling World Cup
in Manchester earlier this year.
Japanese Masashi Ishii took the CP4 men's 1km time
trial gold in a new world record to take Japan's first track cycling gold of the
games, flashing across the line in one minute and 8.771 seconds, two seconds
faster than Czech Jiri Bouska who took silver.
"I have been fighting for breaking the world record
over years and I will keep on working," said Ishii, "I owe it to our Japanese
team which is just like a family."
Mark Bristow of Britain took gold in the men's 1km
time trial of LC1 class in a new world record of one minute and 8.873 seconds,
leaving silver to host cyclist Zhang Kuidong who finished at one minute and
"I performed well today. I rated my performance 95
out of a perfect 100," said Zhang. "This is what event I am good at. I didn't
even break my personal best result. But getting a medal is the biggest dream of
every Chinese athlete and I realized it."
Zhang's teammate Zheng Yuanchao won bronze in the
men's 1km time trial of LC2 class. The gold went to Jody Cundy of Britain with
one minute and 5.466 seconds, which refreshed the world record kept by Cundy
Simon Richardson defeated Japanese Masaki Fujita to
win the men's LC3 individual pursuit with an advantage of six seconds, proving
himself to be unbeatable. Teammate Aileen Mcglynn with pilot Ellen Hunter won
their second Beijing Paralympic gold, beating Australian pair Lindy Hou and
Mcglynn's gold was Britain's fifth in Tuesday's
cycling races, 10th in track cycling.
The men's LC4 individual pursuit gold went to Italian
Paolo Vigano, who beat Germany Michael Teuber in final.