Para-cyclist confirms world status
Fiona Southorn has proved she is world class yet again, coming in an incredible fourth place in the 3km pursuit at the Para-Cycling Track World Championships.
Southorn achieved her latest feat on April 12 in Aguascalientes, Mexico, racing at an altitude of 1880 metres above sea level.
In preparation for the conditions, Southorn trained for hours inside an altitude laboratory in Auckland – a brutal regime that has proven its worth with her latest results.
Southorn is aiming for a podium finish at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games to back up her previous bronze medal performance at the last Paralympic Games in London two years ago.
The former Tokoroa resident was the oldest competitor at the world championships by nine years, but showed age was no barrier by entering into both the 500m time trial and the scratch race, on top of her specialty event the individual pursuit.
The 3km pursuit was won by longtime rival Sarah Storey of Great Britain in 3.32.05.
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