Gallagher defends World title

VIS para-cyclist Michael Gallagher successfully defended his world title at the 2016 Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy. 

The dual Paralympic Games gold medallist successfully defended his C5 individual pursuit world title clocking a time of 4mins 38.467secs in a close finish over VIS teammate Alistair Donohoe (4:38.520).

Having qualified fastest Donohoe went out fast in the final, though the two were evenly matched over the opening two kilometres with only a tenth of a second between the two close friends.

Donohoe upped the pace in the third kilometre opening an advantage of one and a half seconds as they entered the final four laps.

In a thrilling final Gallagher used his experience showing why he has two Paralympic titles to come over the top of the younger Donohoe to snatch gold by less than one tenth of a second.

In the men’s C4-5 Scratch Race defending champion Donohoe sprinted to bronze and his third medal of the championships following silver in the individual pursuit and bronze in the time trial.

In their world championship debut Jessica Gallagher (VIC) and Madison Janssen (QLD) claimed a convincing victory in the women's tandem sprint. 

The pair, who only began cycling together just seven months ago, broke the world record on their way to qualifying fastest with 11.045secs in the fying 200m. 

They then proved too quick for Poland's Anna Duzikowska and Natalia Morytko in the quarterfinals in consecutive heats, before defeating Yurie Kanuma and Mai Tanaka of Japan in two heats in the semi-final.

In the gold medal ride against defending champions Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott of Great Britain, Gallagher and Janssen were undeterred as they raced away to gold and the rainbow jersey.

The pair also picked up the bronze in the tandem one kilometre time trial, stopping the clock after the four laps of the track in 1min 7.575secs.

In other events, Hannah Macdougall (VIC-4:14.772) finished in eighth in the Women's C4 IP Individual Pursuit.

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