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AUSSIES ON TOP AFTER CYCLISTS WIN MEDALS

- JULIAN LINDEN

AUSTRALIA has won two more medals at the Tokyo Paralympic­s to move back to the top of the medals table.

Track cyclist Darren Hicks won a silver in the C2 3000m individual pursuit before his teammate David Nicholas collected a bronze in the C3 event at the Izu Velodrome.

Midway through the second day of competitio­n, Australia was sitting at the head of the medals table with six gold, two silver and three bronze medals for a total of 11.

China also has 11 medals in total including six golds but has won less silvers than Australia.

Australia had three more shots at medals late last night – all in swimming.

Katja Dedekind looks to have the best chance of making the podium after she qualified second fastest in the women’s S13 100m backstroke at the Tokyo Aquatics centre tonight.

Keira Stephens is also in the frame after qualifying fourth in the women’s SB9 100m breaststro­ke while Tim Disken was eighth in the men’s SB8 100m breaststro­ke.

Hicks was promoted to the gold medal race after the pre-race favourite for the pursuit was sensationa­lly disqualifi­ed.

Belgian Ewoud Vromant broke the world record in the heats only to be told it didn’t count because he had broken the rules by not sitting down the entire time.

As a result, Hicks – who had initially qualified for the bronze medal race – lined up against Alexandre Leaute for the gold. The Frenchman proved too strong, setting a new world record on his way to gold. Nicholas beat Spain’s Eduardo Santas Asensio for the bronze in the C3 class.

Meanwhile Australia’s new favourite tennis table player Ma Lin, left, is all but through to the men’s quarter-finals. The Chinesebor­n Ma Lin has become something of a cult hero after News Corp revealed how his right arm was bitten off by a brown bear when he was a child and he’s been unstoppabl­e on the tables, winning both his matches so far.

On Thursday he beat highly ranked Italian Mohamed Kalem 1-4, 11-6, 11-9 to avenge his loss at Rio in 2016. He still has one round robin match to go but is virtually assured of advancing to the playoff rounds.

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 ??  ?? Darren Hicks after winning silver in the men’s C2 3000m individual pursuit final at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Picture: Sport the library/Greg Smith/PA
Darren Hicks after winning silver in the men’s C2 3000m individual pursuit final at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Picture: Sport the library/Greg Smith/PA

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