August 31 - America and Italy added two more gold medals each to their collections on day three of the Para-Cycling World Championships in Baie-Comeau, with doubles for Monica Bascio, Marianna Davis, Alex Zanardi and Luca Mazzone.
Following its five medal haul in the time trials yesterday, the US continued its gold rush with two more top-spot finishes in the road races.
London 2012 silver medallist Bascio further evidenced her improvement since the Games by adding the women's H3 road race title to the time trial crown she won on the first day of action in Canada, finishing ahead of Svetlana Moshkovich of Russia and Switzerland's Sandra Graf.
The woman that finished ahead of Bascio in London, Davis also bagged her second World Championship title of the week as the double Paralympic champion came home ahead of Poland's Renata Kaluza and fellow American Alicia Brelsford Dana, who claimed bronze.
Meanwhile, it was a double-double for Italian maestros Zanardi and Mazzone also.
Ex-Formula One driver and current Paralympic champion Zanardi is nothing if not exciting, as he and South African Ernst Van Dyk battled it out in an epic finish to the H4 road race, which saw both men cross the line wheel-to-wheel but it was the 46-year-old Italian who just bagged the gold by the slimmest of margins.
Van Dyk also had to settle for silver behind Zanardi in the time trial on day one.
Not to be outdone, Mazzone equalled his compatriot's achievement with his second gold in the H1 class, as he powered to victory ahead of William Groulx of the USA and Swiss Tobias Fankhauser.
Australia claimed gold in the women's T2 event as Carol Cooke crossed the line first seeing off the challenge of home competitor Marie-Eve Croteau and Germany's Jana Majunke, but there was a victory for hosts Canada in the form of Shelley Gautier who defended her world title in the T1 class by powering home ahead of her only competitor Bianca Woolford of Australia, to the delight of the home crowd.
The men's T1 saw Spaniard Aitor Oroza Flores finish ten seconds ahead of Jiri Hindr of the Czech Republic with South African Gerald George Rex coming in third in a three-horse race, while the T2 crown was won by Great Britain's triple Paralympic champion David Stone who regained the World Championship title in comfortable style, finishing 13 seconds clear of second placed Hans-Peter Durst of Germany with Colombian Nestor Ayala Ayala taking bronze.
Poland's Rafal Wilk claimed his first world crown in the men's H3 category, finishing a massive one minute and nine seconds ahead of Vico Merklein of Germany and Frenchman Joel Jeannot, to add to his two gold medals from London 2012.
Merklein's compatriot Andrea Eskau went one better with victory in the women's H4 class as she romped home over half-a-minute ahead of Dutch pair Laura De Vaan and Jenette Jensen who claimed silver and bronze respectively.
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