A world record breaking ride from 24-year-old Amanda Reid has seen the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder win the third track cycling gold medal for Australia at the Izu Velodrome on Friday 27th August.
Setting off ninth in a ten strong field in the women’s C1-C3 500m time trial final, Reid was up against tough competition, with a world record and Paralympic record broken before she took her place on the start line.
The three-time Paralympian got off to a flying start and was up 1.460 seconds at the half-way mark. An explosive second lap saw Reid break her own world record set in Brisbane last year, finishing in an official time of 38.487, becoming the fifth indigenous Australian since Ben Austin in Beijing 2008 to win gold for Australia.
Despite being favourite for the event, it was a nail biting wait for Reid as she could only sit and watch the final rider Alyda Norbruis of the Netherlands attempt her assault at the gold medal.
Norbruis finished 0.476 seconds behind Reid with a time of 39.002 followed by Qian Wangwei of China who broke her own world record in the C1 class with a time of 41.403.
Reid adds the gold medal to her silver medal from Rio and her five world titles.
In the Mens C1-C3 1000m time trial final, 23-year-old fellow NSWIS scholarship athlete Gordon Allan had his best ride ever to finish a credible fifth on debut at the Paralympics.
Competing in a field of 22 athletes, Allan broke the C2 world record with his attempt, before it was broken again by eventual silver medallist Alexandre Leaute of France.
Allan, a medallist at both the 2019 and 2020 world championship events, excelled in a field where all medals were won with world record times. He finished fifth in a time of 1:06:083, behind medallists LI Zhangyu of China who took Gold (1:03:877); Alexandre Leaute of France (1:05:031) Silver and Jaco van Gass of Great Britain (1:05:569) with Bronze.