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Massive success for NZ para-cycling team

Last updated 13:00 11/04/2014

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The New Zealand para-cycling team has claimed three medals and a world record at the world track championships in Mexico.

Adjusting quickly to the Aguascalientes altitude and opening-day 40 degrees Celsius temperatures, the New Zealand tandem of Emma Foy and pilot Laura Fairweather raced first in the women's B 3-kilometre pursuit, breaking the world record set by Fairweather and Phillipa Gray by 8 seconds.

Gray and her new pilot, Kylie Young, qualified second fastest for an all-New Zealand final.

The two tandems were close for the first four laps of the final, but Foy and Fairweather pulled away to again break the world record and claim the rainbow jersey, with Gray and Young claiming the silver medal.

Competing in her first world championships after transferring from athletics, Kate Horan competed in the women's C5 sprint straight final.

Horan, who is coached by Jono Hailstone, entered the event as an unknown but produced a superb ride to finish second.

Fiona Southorn, the other New Zealander competing on day 1, did not figure in the finish of the women's C5 500-metre time trial, which is not a key event for her.

She will race on Sunday in the 3km pursuit - the event she won silver in at the 2012 London Paralympics.

The two New Zealand tandems will be back in action in the women's B 1km time trial tomorrow.

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