Para-cy­clist con­firms world sta­tus

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

Suc­cess again: Bronze medal par­a­lympian Fiona South­ern has done it again, fin­ish­ing fourth at a cy­cle race in Mex­ico.

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