Tokyo Paralympics: Jaco van Gass beats Fin Graham to gold in all-British men’s C3 3000m individual pursuit final | Olympics News

ParalympicsGB’s strong start on the track at the Tokyo Paralympics continued with a one-two finish in the men’s C3 3000m individual pursuit; those medals followed a silver for Aileen McGlynn and pilot Helen Scott in the women’s B 1000m time trial

Last Updated: 26/08/21 8:42am

Jaco Van Gass has won gold in the men's C3 3000m individual pursuit

Jaco Van Gass has won gold in the men’s C3 3000m individual pursuit

Jaco van Gass secured gold ahead of ParalympicsGB team-mate Fin Graham in the men’s C3 3000m individual pursuit final at the Izu Velodrome.

The 35-year-old Afghanistan veteran crossed the finish line a little over a second quicker than Graham, who claimed silver to make it a one-two finish.

It was Graham who led in the early stages of the final, before Van Gass – in his first Paralympics – took the lead and claimed top spot by 1.013 seconds.

Great Britain were guaranteed a gold and a silver medal after Van Gass finished his qualification heat in an unprecedented time of 3.17.593.

Graham had earlier finished second-fastest in C3 qualifying in a time of 3.19.780, which was momentarily a world record in its own right.

It continued a successful day on the track for Great Britain’s riders, after Aileen McGlynn and pilot Helen Scott won the silver medal in the women’s B 1000m time trial.

Jody Cundy also secured a silver in the men’s C4-5 1000m time trial – setting a new Paralympic record in the process – to become the first man in ParalympicsGB history to medal at seven Games.

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