Neil and Lora Fachie each won Paralympic gold in world-record timings at the Tokyo Paralympics

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Tokyo Paralympics: Neil and Lora Fachie’s gold medals were added to the team’s gold. At the Izu Velodrome, ParalympicsGB won the mixed C1-5 sprint, with James Ball taking silver and Sophie Unwin taking bronze.

Neil and Lora Fachie, husband and wife cyclists, each won Paralympic gold in world-record timings, while ParalympicsGB dominated the mixed C1-5 team sprint on an amazing Saturday in Tokyo.

Neil and pilot Matt Rotherham of Scotland snatched first place on the podium in the men’s B 1000m time trial in 58.038 seconds, just ahead of teammate James Ball.

Lora and her teammate Corrine Hall then completed an incredible storey at the Izu Velodrome, defeating Ireland’s Katie-George Dunlevy in the final of the women’s B 3000m solo pursuit in a historic time of 3:19.560.

The glory for the Fachie family was far from the end of the drama for ParalympicsGB, as the golden trio of Kadeena Cox, Jaco Van Gass, and Jody Cundy later overcame China in the 750m team sprint on the final lap.

Spain took bronze with a time of 47.579 seconds, slightly over a tenth of a second faster than the Chinese team.

Cox and Van Gass now have two gold medals apiece at the Games, while former swimmer Cundy grabbed his sixth Paralympic crown.

In addition to Ball’s three GB golds and silver, newcomer Sophie Unwin earned a bronze during an incredible stretch of competition.

In a time of 3:23.446, Unwin and tandem partner Jenny Holl finished third behind Lora Fachie and Dunlevy, beating Belgium’s Griet Hoet in a head-to-head battle.

Earlier, Neil Fachie sliced 1.2 seconds off his world record to win the race, putting Ball and his pilot Lewis Stewart in second place after setting the pace with a time of 59.503 seconds.

The 37-year-old won his third Paralympic medal in the race, having previously won gold in London 2012 and silver in Rio 2016.

“Today was going to be a significant day for the team. I’m starting to lose my voice here, “He stated thereafter.

“We were the first medal ride, so we had to deliver, and not only did we, but we also got to see our teammate [Ball] win silver, breaking the world record…

“It was surreal to watch my wife compete and win gold. What a day it’s been. This is something you’ll never forget.

“We’ve both had our share of success in prior Games, but we’ve never won gold together. We fought for five years to get to this point, and we’re thrilled to be able to share it with you.”

Lora Fachie won her third Paralympic gold after winning two golds in Brazil five years earlier.

The 32-year-old shaved eight seconds off her previous personal best.

“I’ve never successfully defended a title before, so I’m overjoyed,” she said. “It’s been a fantastic day.”

“Being a world record holder has always been a boyhood dream of mine, and thanks to this one [Corrine Hall], I now am.”

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