Paige Greco of Australia set a new world record and won a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in the women's C1-3 3,000m Individual Pursuit event.
Paige Greco, of Australia, won the first gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics
After winning the women's C1-3 3,000m individual pursuit at Izu Velodrome, Australia's Paige Greco became the first gold medalist of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
In a world record time of 3:50.815, she won the race in front of her Chinese adversary WANG Xiaomei.
Denise Schindler of Germany won the bronze medal, beating Clara Brown of the United States by nearly five seconds. In addition, it was the first medal won at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020
It means a lot to Greco, she added. There are so many people who have helped me get here, including the staff and family members. It's all because of them. It's a wonderful Even now, it's hard for me to Every time I look down, I see (the gold medal). There is still some catching up to do."
Prior to the final, the world record in women's C3 3,000m individual pursuit had been broken twice at the Izu Velodrome.
A qualifying time of 3:55.781 broke Wang's world mark, but just two races later the Australian snatched it back with a time of 3:52.283. In March of this year, she had broken the world record by over eight seconds.
World champion Greco fought to hold back the emotions as she spoke with Channel 7 in Australia shortly after her win.
A small amount of choking came out of her mouth when she said, "I' « I cannot believe that we accomplished this. A great race that I still can't believe happened."
Incredibly, Greco actually raced in Para athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but her international Para cycling debut came in 2019.
When it comes to Paracycling, Greco is a relative newcomer. There are three gold medals to her name from the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup circuit in 2019.
For Greco, the next race is the women's C1-3 time trial on August 31 followed by the women's C1-3 road race