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GB cyclists continue medal haul

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

Jon Norfolk (left) and Anthony Kappes
Tandem pairing Jon Norfolk (left) and Anthony Kappes claimed gold

Britain's cyclists won four gold medals and a silver on day four of the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.

Tandem pairing Anthony Kappes and Jon Norfolk beat Simon Jackson and Barney Storey to gold in the B/VI sprint.

Aileen McGlynn and Ellen Hunter took the B/VI 3km pursuit while Sarah Storey won the LC1&2/CP4 3km pursuit with both setting world records.

Darren Kenny, Jody Cundy and Mark Bristow set a new world record as they took the team sprint title.

Kappes and Norfolk claimed their second gold's of the meeting but they were pushed all the way by former Paralympic judo gold medallist Jackson, who took up cycling less than a month ago, and his pilot Storey.

But Kappes and Norfolk emerged victorious with a controlled ride to defeat their rivals in the final.

Barney is my coach so riding against someone who knows so much is slightly odd but all is fair in love and war

Anthony Kappes

"Sometimes the sprint is giving it 100% and sometimes it is about control and today it was about control," Kappes told BBC Sport afterwards.

"We were always in the lead so we just consolidated it and did what we had to do to keep Barney and Simon behind us.

"We are pleased with the win but we know that we can go faster and there are things we can eke out here and there before Beijing where we know we can be seriously competitive.

"Barney is my coach so riding against someone who knows so much is slightly odd but all is fair in love and war."

McGlynn and Hunter were thrilled to have beaten their previous best in the pursuit by three seconds to beat the world record that had stood since Athens in 2004.

"We don't do any specific pursuit training so we didn't think we would do so well but we are delighted," said McGlynn.

"Because we are world champions it is nice to add the world record to that."

Hunter added: "We have a strong four laps for the kilo so afterwards we are struggling a bit but we have something to work on as we work towards Beijing."

Storey was also in superb form and clocked a time of 3.46.168 in the morning qualifiers to set a new world record by almost two and a half seconds and she then went on to win gold in the final.

"The morning race went really well - it was a very controlled pace and I just wanted to make sure I was in charge for the final.

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BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson, who is reporting on the event from Manchester
"I have been threatening to ride quicker than the world record in training and there is hopefully more to come."

The team sprint was also memorable with Kenny leading off the team, followed by Cundy with Bristow taking them home.

"I really wanted to get the world record in the team sprint because I didn't compete in that at the world championships so lost the record but I hold all the other records for my category," said Kenny.

"This event is great to see what the other teams can do and the Chinese really came out and surprised us in the team sprint. A year ago we were head and shoulders above everyone else but the standard has moved on."

At the basketball competition, the men qualified for the final after a 64-49 win over Sweden but the women must play-off for bronze after a 49-34 defeat to China.

Jon Pollock top scored for the men on 23 points with Simon Munn adding 17 as the team set up a final meeting with the USA.

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