Cyclist Paige Greco has claimed Australia’s first gold medal of the Tokyo Paralympics, breaking her own world record in the women’s pursuit C3 3000m individual pursuit.

Greco, 24, set a world record of 3:52.283 in her heat, more than seven seconds quicker than her previous mark, and lowered that time even further in the final.

She crossed the line in 3:50.815, edging out China’s Xiaomei Wang to claim the gold.

“I’m so happy, can’t believe we did it,” Greco said.

Paige Greco of Australia competes in the C1-3 3000m Individual Pursuit qualifying at the Izu velodrome on day one during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Shizuoka, Japan. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images) (Sportsfile via Getty Images)

“It was a good race, I still can’t believe it.”

Greco’s gold medal was followed immediately by another for Australia, with Emily Petricola claiming the win in the C4 pursuit.

Petricola caught her opponent, Shawn Morelli from the United States, bring an immediate end to the race.

The Australian had set a world record in the heats.

“I’m so surprised that that just happened,” Petricola said.

“I didn’t know where she was, I had no idea.

“It’s shocking.”


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