11 September 2016
Sydney cyclist Amanda Reid has posted a personal best time to claim the silver medal in the C1-2-3 500m time trial at the Paralympic Games in Rio.
Five silver medals in track cycling, athletics and swimming, a bronze medal to Todd ‘The Hulk’ Hodgetts in the men’s F20 shot put and another to Tiffany Thomas Kane in the pool headlined a memorable day three of competition for Australia in Rio.
The 19-year-old C2 competitor Reid was the second from last on the start order and she flew over the two laps to clock 40.354 seconds slashing two seconds from the C2 Paralympic Games record.
In a combined event times are adjusted based on classification and after factoring Reid’s time was posted as 37.581 which put her first with one rider to come.
“It’s just incredible. I looked up at my time and I was shocked,” Reid said on the Australian Paralympic Team's website. “I thought ‘Wow, I’ve got a Paralympic track medal’.
“I didn’t really think about what I was going to do I just went out and rode the best I could and tried to beat my personal best,” she said. “That was the best ride I have ever done.
“I had a little bit of nerves and then they went away when I got in that start gate because I knew what I had to do.”
Alyda Norbruis was the last out of the gate and the Dutch woman eclipsed the mark she set in 2015 to win with a world record time of 39.631 factored to 36.908 for the gold medal result. China’s Zhenling Song was third with all the podium places claimed by C2 cyclists.
Rio is Reid’s second Games after London where she was fifth in the 100m breaststroke in the pool. She switched to cycling a little over a year ago.