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GB cyclists shine in Manchester

Paralympic World Cup
Date:
Wed 7-Sun 11 May Venue: Manchester
Coverage: Daily reports and photos on bbc.co.uk/sport. Coverage on Sunday 11 May BBC TWO 1600-1745 BST

By Elizabeth Hudson
BBC Sport in Manchester

Darren Kenny and Rik Waddon
Darren Kenny and Rik Waddon were in fine form for GB

Great Britain's cyclists led the way with five gold medals and a host of world bests at the World Cup.

Paralympic champion Darren Kenny headed the haul with two golds in the LC3/4 and CP3 kilo and 3km pursuit.

There were also golds and world bests for tandem pairings Anthony Kappes and Jon Norfolk and Aileen McGlynn and Ellen Hunter in their kilo races.

Jody Cundy continued his recent good form with victory in a new world best time in the LC1/2 and CP4 kilo race.

However, all of the world best times set during the day's racing at the Velodrome will not stand as world records because of the absence of anti-doping administrators at the venue.

But the British riders were still delighted to have posted some good times as they continue their build-up to Beijing.

"I'm ecstatic because the way I felt during the race I didn't feel like I had gone particularly fast," Cundy told BBC Sport.

"I knew it hurt more than normal but it was only when I came around the banking after I crossed the finish line and looked at the scoreboard that I realised I had done it."

Mark Bristow claimed bronze in the race with a new LC1 British record of one minute 09.737 seconds.

I was surprised at how fast the track was

Darren Kenny

Kenny was in superb form in the morning session, leading the qualifiers for the pursuit - and beating his old mark by three-and-a-half seconds - before claiming his double victory in the afternoon session.

The kilo was full of drama as Kenny's GB team-mate Rik Waddon beat his world mark with a time of 1:11.282 seconds before the Bournemouth man reclaimed it with 1:09.889, while Simon Richardson took bronze.

"Racing-wise it was tough for me to have the kilo and pursuit on the same day and it made it tough but I was surprised at how fast the track was," Kenny admitted afterwards.

"I had held the pursuit record since 2005 and hadn't managed to beat it until now so to have taken so much off it was pleasing.

"In the kilo I knew Rik had broken the world record but I thought 'That's my record and I wasn't going to let him have it for long'.

"It fires you up and I had to go all out to get it back."

"The standard and the depth of the standard has gone up so much and there is a lot more riders competing for places on the GB team."

Kappes and his new partner Norfolk got the better of former Paralympic judo star Simon Jackson and Barney Storey in a new world best of 1:02.008 - just over two-and-a-half seconds clear of their rivals.

McGlynn and Hunter were comfortable winners of their event in 1:09.562 with McGlynn delighted to have beaten the one minute 10 seconds barrier.

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BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson, who is reporting on the event from Manchester

"We knew our training was going well but until you go out there, you never really know what to expect," she said.

"We beat our world record four weeks ago in training but we didn't peak for that so the signs were there.

"We have progressed a lot as a pairing over the last four years and things are going well."

Elsewhere, there were bronzes for Sarah Storey (LC1/2 and CP4 500m time-trial) and Gary Williams (LC1/2 4k pursuit).

There were mixed fortunes for the men's and women's wheelchair basketball teams at their competition.

The men finished the preliminary stages with a 100 per cent record, defeating Sweden 66-47 before claiming a 62-57 victory over Germany with Terry Bywater hitting 21 points and Simon Munn scoring 14.

The women's team were beaten 51-34 by the Netherlands to make it two wins out of three.



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