Hopes of British one-two alive after duo smash world record in tandem sprint
11:05 GMT, 2 September 2012
Great Britain's Anthony Kappes and Craig MacLean bounced back from disappointment with a blistering world record in qualification for the men's tandem sprint at the London 2012 Paralympic Games velodrome.
Kappes and MacLean had mechanical trouble at the start and did not finish the one-kilometre time-trial on day three as Neil Fachie and Barney Storey won gold in a world record time.
On Sunday morning it was the turn of Kappes and MacLean to take their event to new margins, clocking 10.050 seconds over the flying 200metres to qualify fastest of the seven teams for the knockout phase.
Record: Anthony Kappes and Craig Maclean were in stunning form in the tandem sprint
Due to the number of teams in the event, Kappes and MacLean received a bye to the semi-finals, skipping the best-of-three quarter-finals.
Fachie and Storey, who held the world record entering the event of 10.282secs Fachie and Storey joined Kappes and MacLean in the last four with a comfortable 2-0 quarter-final win over Argentina's Alberto Nattkemper and Jonatan Ithurrart.
Kappes and MacLean were set to meet Tatsuyuki Oshiro and Yasufumi Ito in the semi-final after the Japan duo overcame Holland's Rinne Oost and Patrick Bos 2-1 in a titanic tussle.
Fachie and Storey were scheduled to face Spain's Jose Enrique Porto and Jose Antonio Villanueva, 2-0 victors over Greece's Christos Stefanakis and Konstantinos Troulinos, in the semi-final.
The top-two ranking meant an all-British final was possible.
Battle for bronze: Helen Scott and Aileen McGlynn will face fellow Britons Lora Turnham and Fiona Duncan
In the women's blind and visually
impaired three-kilometres tandem pursuit, Aileen McGlynn and Helen Scott
will meet fellow Britons Lora Turnham and Fiona Duncan in the race for
McGlynn and her pilot Scott clocked three minutes 36.930 seconds in qualification, with Turnham and her pilot Duncan finishing in 3mins 37.085secs.
World champions Catherine Walsh and Francine Meehan of Ireland clocked 3:36.453 to advance to the race for gold in second place behind New Zealand's Phillipa Gray and Laura Thompson, who set a world record of 3:31.530.
Ireland's Katie Dunlevy and Sandra Fitzgerald finished in 3:42.445, placing fifth.