Kate Horan broke her own world record ©Dianne Manson

New Zealand's Paralympian Kate Horan broke her own flying 200 metres world record at her country's National Track Championships in Cambridge.

The 40-year-old clocked 13.198 sec to take 0.353 off the previous record she set herself at the event last year.

Horan has only been competing in Para-cycling since April 2013, after initially making her name in athletics.

At the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, she won a silver medal in the women's T44 200m after two runners ahead of her tripped.

“I was thrilled to get another opportunity to contest the world record, especially as there is a British rider that is currently very close to the current time," said Horan.

"We just wanted to go out and set an even better benchmark tonight.

Kate Horan won a silver medal on the athletics track at Beijing 2008
Kate Horan won a silver medal on the athletics track at Beijing 2008 ©Getty Images

"The crowd support at the Avantidrome was amazing, particular to have my cousin here and see me race for the first time meant a lot.

"I also have the most amazing world class coaches and great Para-cycling team mates around me.

"Their belief and encouragement drives me on.

"I just want to work hard to get faster on the road to Rio.”

Horan's left leg was amputated when she was five due to a missing bone.

Jono Hailstone, New Zealand's Para-Cycling Head Performance Coach, said: "It was great to see Kate set a new world record of 13.198 sec for the flying 200, shaving 0.353 sec off the time she set 12 months ago.

"It's particularly satisfying to see that, despite a change of focus to the individual pursuit event in the build up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Kate has still improved her fast twitch and short term power.

"This bodes will and will help her maintain her second placed world ranking in the 500m TT event leading into the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in five weeks time."