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London 2012 Paralympics: British tandem sprint duo smash world record

Hopes of British one-two alive after duo smash world record in tandem sprint

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UPDATED:

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

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

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
bronze.

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.

London 2012 Paralympics: Neil Fachie and Barney Storey win gold in 1km time-trial

Glory in the velodrome! Fachie and Storey strike gold with record breaking ride in 1km time-trial

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UPDATED:

10:24 GMT, 1 September 2012

Neil Fachie and Barney Storey won Great Britain's third gold medal of the Paralympic Games track cycling programme with a scintillating display in the tandem one-kilometre time-trial at the London 2012 velodrome – but there was mechanical heartache for Anthony Kappes and Craig MacLean.

Fachie, who is partially sighted and competed in athletics in Beijing in 2008, and pilot Storey clocked a world record of one minute 01.351 seconds.

Kappes, who won the event in partnership
with Storey in 2008, and MacLean suffered two mishaps and were denied a
third opportunity to start by race officials.

Winners! Fachie and Storey celebrate winning gold at the velodrome

Winners! Fachie and Storey celebrate winning gold at the velodrome

The duo, world champions in February, had been scheduled to start last, but two chain failures saw their competition come to an end.

Spain's Jose Enrique Porto and Jose Antonio Villanueva took silver in 1:02.707, with Ireland's Jason Brown and Damien Shaw ninth in 1:07.979.

Fachie paid tribute to the support of the crowd as he and Storey closed in on their record-breaking time.

'The atmosphere was electric,' he said. 'The crowd pushed us round that final bend. I just can't believe it. To be here winning the gold medal is a dream come true.'

Lap of honour: The cyclists soak up the applause after sealing gold for GB

Lap of honour: The cyclists soak up the applause after sealing gold for GB

Winners! Fachie and Storey celebrate winning gold at the velodrome

Storey echoed Fachie's appreciation of the home backing.

He said: 'The crowd were great on that last lap. I thought I was dying at that point and it (the crowd noise) was a big push behind me so that was great.'

Storey sympathised with the plight of Kappes and MacLean.

'I'm really gutted,' he said. 'I was fighting back tears at the end. I hate to see that happen to team-mates. You really want to race the best people and they are one of the best tandems in the world.'

Mechanical error: Maclean (right) and team leader Gareth Sheppard (centre) contest the judge's decision

Mechanical error: Maclean (right) and team leader Gareth Sheppard (centre) contest the judge's decision