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09.09.2008
Bericht der Paralympic Website über neuen WR LC1

und auch über Eibecks 5tes Antreten bei Paralympics:
Übrigens: in der LC2 fuhr der Brite Jody Cundy (Foto) neuen Weltrekord in 1:05!!!!!!!!!!

Cycling Preview: Eibeck makes historic fourth Paralympic cycling appearance
Updated:2008-09-07 09:00:51

(BEIJING, September 7) -- Track cycling legend Wolfgang Eibeck of Austria is back for a third attempt to add to the only Paralympic gold glittering in his overflowing trophy cabinet.

The determined Austrian cycles into history on the opening day of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, when he makes his fourth appearance since bursting onto the world Paralympic Cycling scene with a gold medal at Atlanta in 1996.

Eibeck, who heads the world rankings in his class and struck silver in Athens, leads a six-strong Austrian squad at Beijing's Laoshan Velodrome, where 151 competitors from 31 countries and regions begin their bids for gold over four days of intense competition on Sunday, September 7.

Australia and Spain arrive with the biggest teams, at 16 apiece, but both will be hard-pressed by strong squads from Canada, China, the United States, Germany and Great Britain.

All but a few of the medal winners at Athens 2004 are back again, together with most of the top names from the Paralympic Cycling World Cup held in Manchester (Great Britain) earlier this year.

Star attractions include Britain's Darren Kenny, who scooped up two gold medals at Athens and added two more at the World Cup, along with Athens double gold medalists Laurent Thirionet of France and Kieran Modra of Australia.

Athens single gold medal winners hoping to add to their tally include Spain's Roberto Alcaide, Australians Chris Scott, Greg Ball and Lindy Hou, Germany's Michael Teuber and China's Zhou Jufang, as well as Britain's Aileen McGlynn, with a gold and a silver from Athens and two gold medals from Manchester.

The only Athens men's gold medal winners not here to defend their titles are Australia's Anthony Biddle and Peter Brooks, while the only woman from the top three in all events four years ago missing here is China's An Fengzhen.

All the top names will be casting anxious glances over their shoulders at a number of rising stars on the Paralympic Cycling stage, including Britain's Jody Cundy, who took gold at the World Cup.

Jiri Jezek from the Czech Republic, who scored silver in Athens but went one better in Manchester, and World Cup silver medalists Cesar Neira from Spain, Germany's Wolfgang Sacher and Britain's Rik Waddon will all be looking to make their mark in Beijing.

Sarah Storey from Britain soared to world attention with a first and a third in Manchester, while New Zealand's Jayne Parsons made her presence felt with two silver medals and Allison Jones (United States) came to prominence with a silver. None has any Paralympic Games experience.

Even more keen than Eibeck to add gold to her own collection will be China's Tang Qi. Twice second in Manchester and with an Athens bronze medal, despite setting a games record in the heats, gold is surely just a matter of time.

Paralympic Track Cycling is divided into three main disability groups and several sub-groups. All blind and visually impaired (B&VI) competitors race against one another.

The locomotor disability (LC) group is divided into sub-groups 1 to 4, while two of the four cerebral palsy (CP) sub-groups (3 and 4) will compete in Beijing.


Cycling Day 2 Preview: Eibeck starts his campaign for gold
Updated:2008-09-07 22:13:22

(BEIJING, September 7) -- Wolfgang Eibeck of Austria last won gold at the Atlanta 1996 Paralymic Games and has tried to repeat the feat unsuccessfully at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. He hopes, after a quarter of a century at the top of his chosen sport, that this will be his year at last.

Although he's number one in the Men's LC1 world rankings, he'll have to work hard to achieve his goal. He's up against stiff competition in the form of Italy's Fabio Triboli and Switzerland's Ivan Renglii, world-ranked second and third respectively, in the Men's Individual Pursuit (LC1) event at the Laoshan Velodrome on Monday, September 8.

An easier ride is expected for Jiri Jezek of Czech Republic who tops the world rankings in the Men's Individual Pursuit (LC2) class. Jezek took gold at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester, England earlier this year and won silver at the Athens 2004 Paralympics.

With the top two world-ranked riders missing, the Men's 1km Time Trial (B&VI) final is expected to be fought out between World No. 3 Brian Cowie (Canada), world fourth-ranked Francisco Gonzales (Spain), and Anthony Kappes (Great Britain) and Kieran Modra (Australia) ranked equal No. 5 in the world.

After his world record-breaking performances in the Men's Individual Pursuit (BV&I 1-3) event it would be foolhardy to bet against Modra, although the effort expended taking the Pursuit gold could well have left him drained of resources.

The Women's 500m Time Trial (LC1-2/CP4) looks wide open, although China's Zhou Jufang will be considered one of the front runners having taken gold in the 1km distance at Athens 2000 and is currently ranked No. 3 in the world. Racing in front of her home crowd will undoubtedly spur her to great efforts.

In the Women's 500m Time Trial (LC3-4/CP3), Natalie Simanowski of Germany arrives pumped up after her recent victory at the World Cup in Manchester.

But Simanowski will be pushed all the way by Susan Van Staden (South Africa) currently ranked No. 1 in the LC3 class, Barbara Buchan (United States) World No. 1 in the CP3 class, and by China's Tang Qi who will not only be desperate to win on home territory but will be keen to prove she's better than all the seconds and thirds she's been taking over the past few years.




Men's 1km Time Trial (LC1):Bristow takes gold in world record time
Updated:2008-09-09 16:44:31

(Beijing, September 9) -- Mark Bristow of Great Britain finally established himself as a world beater by taking gold in the Men's 1km Time Trial (LC1) in a new world record time. His previous individual bests were third in the Paralympic World Cup 1km Time Trial earlier this year and fourth in the 1km Time Trial at the World Championships in 2007.

Better known as a Team Sprint rider in which he helped Britain take gold at both the World Championships and the World Cup, Bristow blazed around the track never falling below world record pace and flashed over the line in a time of 1:08.873, trimming 0.2 seconds off the record set by Australian Michael Gallagher at the 2007 World Championships in Bordeaux, France.

Gallagher himself could only manage fourth, a disappointing ride after his gold medal success in the LC1 Individual Pursuit yesterday.

Separating Bristow and Gallagher were Zhang Kuidong who surprised everyone by taking silver, the first of the Games for China's men, and Wolfgang Sacher of Germany, who added a bronze to the silver he took in yesterday's Individual Pursuit.

A one-time favorite came in fifth. Austria's Wolfgang Eibeck, competing in his fourth Paralympics, failed in his bid to add to the only Paralympic Track Cycling gold in his possession, won at the Atlanta Games in 1996.


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