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Ex-F1 driver Zanardi wins third Paralympic gold

Former F1 driver Alex Zanardi is a Paralympic gold medal winner once again with victory in the hand cycling time trial road race in Rio.
Former F1 driver Alex Zanardi is celebrating more Paralympic glory after winning the hand cycling time trial race in Rio almost exactly 15 years on from the motor racing accident in which he lost his legs.

The Italian, who raced in F1 with Jordan, Minardi, Lotus and Williams during a sporadic F1 career, had both of his legs amputated following a horrific accident whilst racing in the CART series at Germany's Lausitzring in September 2001, but has since gone on to become a pioneer of disability sport.

A two-time Paralympic gold medallist during the London 2012 games, Zanardi has added a third gold to his tally with victory in Rio by completing the 20km road course in 28mins 36.81s. He beat Australia's Stuart Tripp by 2.74secs, with the USA's Oscar Sanchez picking up bronze.

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Poignantly, the title comes on the eve of the 15th anniversary of his career-changing accident.

It is just the latest in a string of remarkable performances by Zanardi in the years after his injury, the Italian winning races in the World Touring Car Championship, as well as numerous world championships and marathon titles.

He has a chance to add to his Paralympic tally later in the tournament too as he will go for gold in the Men's Road Race H5, as well as the Mixed Team Relay H2-5 with his Italian team-mates.

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reinmacre

September 14, 2016 2:57 PM

I remember watching the horrific accident and wondering how Alex would be able to cope with life after. Well, Alex decided to grab life by the balls and accomplish even more in life after that fateful day in Germany fifteen years ago. Alex Zanardi is an inspiration to not only anyone that has suffered a life changing injury, but to everyone as well. Congratulations Alex!

Ponty

September 14, 2016 3:23 PM

reinmacre: I remember watching the horrific accident and wondering how Alex would be able to cope with life after. Well, Alex decided to grab life by the balls and accomplish even more in life after that fateful day in Germany fifteen years ago. Alex Zanardi is an inspiration to not only anyone that has suffered a life changing injury, but to everyone as well. Congratulations Alex!
Couldnt say it any better. A real hero he is!



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