Australian Jayme Paris wins bronze in the London Paralympics Women's Individual C1-2-3 500m Time Trial

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Jayme Paris on the podium with He and Norbruis
Image: Laura Hale.

London, England — Yesterday at London's Velodrome, Australia's Jayme Paris took home bronze in the Paralympic Track Cycling Women's Individual C1-2-3 500m Time Trial event, earning back to back bronzes in this event. Yin He of China took gold, and Alyda Norbruis of the Netherlands won a silver.

C1 classified Paris pushed the other riders, setting a world record for her classification with a time of 45.449 seconds and factored time of 40.476 seconds. This bettered her own world and Paralympic record she set at the 2008 Summer Paralympics with a time of 46.427 seconds. C2 classified He also set a classification world record in her ride, with a time of 42.448 seconds and factored time of 39.158 seconds.

While the Blacktown, New South Wales native was on the track, the commentator led spectators in chanting with the traditional "Aussie-Aussie-Aussie", where spectators respond "Oi-Oi-Oi". There were two big Australian flags waving during the race, with fans cheering loudly in support of the Australian rider.

On the first day of competition, Paris finished eighth in the Women's Individual C1-2-3 Pursuit Qualification race and did not qualify for the finals despite setting a world record time of 4:40.123 in her classification.


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