An All Comers record to reigning world champions Jessica Gallagher (VIC) and Pilot Madison Janssen (QLD) and a national record to teenager Allan Gordon (NSW) highlighted the final day of action at the 2017 Cycling Australia Para-Cycling Track National Championships at Melbourne’s DISC Velodrome.
Reigning world champions and Paralympic bronze medallists Jessica Gallagher (VIC) and Pilot Madison Janssen (QLD) set an All Comers record (fastest time on Australian soil) in Flying 200m qualifying with 11.105secs, just outside their own world record.
The might of the rainbow jersey was too much in the final against Rachel Henderson (SA) and Isabella Dashorst (SA) with the pair winning in two straight heats.
“It was really special to wear the rainbows today with Mads, it was our one chance, so it was a really exciting day for us,” said Gallagher who was beaming post race in her rainbow bands. At March’s World Championships in Italy, the pair famously took gold in the women’s sprint, setting a new Flying 200m world record in the process after just seven months on the bike together.
In August, the duo then claimed one of Australia’s seven Paralympic track medals on the Rio Velodrome, making Victoria’s Gallagher Australia's first summer and winter Paralympic medallist adding to her slalom medal from the 2010 Winter Games.
“It was as little disappointing, we wanted to come out and break our personal best and world record but we had a puncture in the qualifying and in the restart we did a really good time, just but just quite didn’t have that kick as we’d given it all in that first effort,” Gallagher said.
“It is always funs doing a match sprint, little but of pressure being world champions and wearing the rainbow jersey today, but happy to come away with the win.”
Two-time Paralympian Lindy Hou (ACT) and Pilot Kerry Knowler (ACT) claimed bronze.
In the individual events, Allan Gordon (NSW) chose racing the men’s C2 3000m final instead of checking his 2016 HSC results and it paid off as the teenager posted an Australian record.
Gordon clocked 4mins 05.892secs to take gold over South Australia’s Darren Hicks (4:10.778), adding to his time trial gold won on Thursday.
“Pretty stoked, happy with the times, particularly with this being my final school year and I have been off the bike for a few months,” said Gordon, who revealed he wouldn’t checked his HSC results until after he had finished racing and drug testing.
“A good time, surprised actually, it was seven seconds faster than my time at NSW state championships last week which is a good progression.”
Reigning Paralympic gold medallist David Nicholas (QLD) added to his time trial gold from day one with victory in the C3 men’s 3km pursuit. Nicholas clocked 3mins 39.573secs to take the gold ahead of South Australia’s Mitchell Bails (4:32.052).
Paralympian Kyle Bridgwood (QLD) also claimed his second gold in as many days after catching his opponent Patrick best (TAS) inside the first kilometre. New South Wales’ Stephen Knott (5:30.849) won bronze.
South Australia’s Darcy Thompson (4:10.880) won the C1 3km final over Victoria’s Gabriel Bouris (5:09.74).
Paralympic medallist Amanda Reid (NSW) won the C2 3000m final in a time of 4mins 24.48secs which added to her Thursday time trial gold fr which she was awarded the Champion of Champions awards.
Victoria’s Hannah Macdougall (4:14.758) won gold in the C4 final.
In the women’s C3 event, Meg Lemon (SA) claimed her second gold in as many days with Simone Kennedy (NSW) taking the silver medal.
In the women’s C5 3km final, South Australia’s Bronwyn Dolman (4:10.518) won gold over Victoria’s Fatema Tajbhai (4:24.408).
In the other tandem pursuit events, South Australia’s Kieran Murphy and Pilot Lachlan Glasspool won gold.
By Con Chronis