Maisie Summers-Newton wins second gold in pool with silver for Grace Harvey
band Molly McElwee
In a phenomenal final day of track cycling, Great Britain sold out, winning gold medals and setting world records in all three event finals. There were moving scenes at the Izu velodrome after the British team won five medals in total, with Lora and Neil Fachie becoming the golden couple of ParalympicsGB, while Jody Cundy, Kadeena Cox and Jaco Van Gass have ended the day with a triumph in the mixed team sprint.
It was the most exciting race of the day, as the British team were the underdog for China, which set a world record in qualifying. Cox, who won gold in the C4-5 500m time trial on Friday, gave the team a great start in the opening two laps, but as she gave way to Van Gass to take the head, the Chinese contingent has increased the stake.
By the time Van Gass left the runway for Cundy to anchor, there was work to be done. But Cundy, no doubt motivated by angst about giving up his individual Paralympic title on Thursday, recovered from the 0.566 second delay on an astonishing 250m final – helping to set a new world record of 47.57 seconds to finish a tenth of a second ahead of China.
They followed the Fachie family, who started the gold rush in both events for visually impaired athletes. Neil Fachie came first, reclaiming the title he had lost in Rio five years ago in the B 1000m time trial. He and rider Matthew Rotherham did it in style, breaking the world record. de Fachie, while teammate James Ball won silver with driver Lewis Stewart. Lora Fachie came next, successfully defending her Paralympic title in the 3000m B individual pursuit, with rider Corrine Hall.