Gold runs in the Fachie family as husband and wife Neil and Lora BOTH take World Record style wins for ParalympicsGB in track cycling… while Great Britain also takes victory in the 750m team sprint after final lap drama
Husband and wife cyclists Neil and Lora Fachie each claimed Paralympic gold in world record fashion, while there was phenomenal success for Great Britain in the mixed C1-5 team sprint on an unforgettable day in Tokyo.
Scottish rider Neil and pilot Matt Rotherham drove home in 58.038 seconds to take first place on the podium in the men’s B 1000m time trial, just ahead of compatriot James Ball.
Liverpool native Lora then secured an extraordinary story at the Izu Velodrome when she and her partner Corrine Hall defeated Ireland’s Katie-George Dunlevy in the final of the B 3000m Women’s Individual Pursuit in an unprecedented time of 3:19.560.
Neil Fachie (right) drove home with Matt Rotherham to take the gold medal in Tokyo
Glory to the Fachie household was far from the end of the drama for ParalympicsGB as the golden trio of Kadeena Cox, Jaco Van Gass and Jody Cundy then cleared China on the final lap in the 750m team sprint.
They crossed the line in 47.579 seconds, just over a tenth of a second ahead of the Chinese team, while Spain took bronze.
Cox and Van Gass now each have two golds at these Games, while former swimmer Cundy claimed the eighth title of his illustrious Paralympic career.
Scottish rider Neil (left) finished in just 58,038 seconds to win in the men’s B 1000m time trial
In addition to the trio GB gold and silver for Ball, there was also bronze for debutante Sophie Unwin during an extraordinary promotional period.
Unwin and tandem partner Jenny Holl took third place behind Lora Fachie and Dunlevy in a time of 3:23.446 by beating Belgian Griet Hoet one-on-one.
Previously, Neil Fachie shaved 1.2 seconds off his world record to take top honors, pushing Ball and his pilot Lewis Stewart to silver after their groundbreaking 59.503 second ride.
In the process, the 37-year-old took his third Paralympic medal in the event, after taking gold in London 2012 and silver in Rio 2016.
Neil’s wife Lora (left) also took gold in the final of the women’s B 3000m individual pursuit
“We knew today was a big day for the team. I’m losing my voice here,” he told Channel 4.
“We were the first medal ride, we had to deliver, not only did we do it, but to see our teammate (Ball) take the silver and break the world record…
“To then see my wife win gold, it was just surreal. Wow what a day. You never forget this.
“We’ve each had our own success at previous Games, we’ve never both won gold at one Games. We’ve been fighting for this moment for five years and we’re so happy to share it with you.’
Neil described the gold rush for the Fachie family as ‘unreal’ and said they will ‘never’ forget it
Lora Fachie’s triumph was her third Paralympic title, after two golds in Brazil five years ago.
The 32-year-old gained about eight seconds from her previous record.
“I’ve never successfully defended a title so I’m just really happy and it was an incredible day,” she said.
‘For me it was a childhood dream to become a world record holder and now I am thanks to this (Corrine Hall)’.