NICHOLAS WINS GOLD
Just enough in ‘tank’ to beat champ
“OVER the moon.”
Those were the words of Proserpine cyclist David Nicholas just minutes after he won a gold medal in the C3 3000m individual pursuit at the Paralympics.
Nicholas came from behind in a controlled ride to beat 2016 world champion Joseph Berenyi from the United States.
“I’ve got no words to describe how I feel,” Nicholas said.
Berenyi was seven-tenths of a second up on the Australian after 1km.
At the 2km mark, the American still held a half-second lead but Nicholas’ coach Nick Formosa knew what the 24-year-old could do.
“It was so tough,” Nicholas said about the race.
“In the back of my mind I hoped I had a bit left in the tank for the last kilometre or so.
“So when the call came to lift over the last few laps, I tried to empty the tank and hoped it was enough to get him.”
It’s the second Paralympic gold for Nicholas, who won the road time trial in London.
Nicholas said the atmosphere in the velodrome was great.
“I’ve got friends here and teammates of mine cheering me on,” he said.
“We all support each other, it’s really good.”
There were tears shed by Nicholas, who has cerebral palsy, after the gold medal ride.
“I worked very hard over the past four years to get this medal,” said Nicholas.
“Working with Nick is great – he’s a fine coach and my buddy.”
What makes the win even more amazing is that last year the Whitsunday Regional Council information technology worker was placed in a coma on life support, suffering from pulmonary pneumonia.
Nicholas will be back on the track on Sunday, Brazil time, in the team sprint event.
GLORY: Proserpine cyclist David Nicholas is celebrating winning gold in the C3 3000m individual pursuit at the Paralympics.