Karen Darke wins silver at the 2014 para-cycling road world championships

Karen Darke wins silver at the 2014 para-cycling road world championships

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Great Britain's Karen Darke took the silver medal in the women's H3 time trial at the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina.

Darke was beaten to the gold medal by Alicia Brelsford-Dana of the USA with a time difference of only 16.91 seconds. Renata Kaluza of Poland claimed the bronze medal 1:31.10 behind the winner.

Great Britain para-cycling endurace coach spoke shortly after the conclusion of the race:

"It was really close between Karen and Alicia throughout the race. Dring confirmed

"Although Karen produced a great ride on a tough course, she couldn’t find an extra few seconds on the last lap to take the win.

"She is in exceptionally good form and is a little disappointed not to get her hands on the rainbow jersey, but a silver medal is still a fantastic result and her best performance at a world championship.

"I’m sure when we reflect on this at the end of the season, we will see it as a significant progression towards Rio 2016." Dring concluded.

Darke is now set to compete in the women's H3 road race on Monday morning.

Earlier in the day, David Stone finished the 16.6 kilometre Millennium Campus time trial course with a bronze medal in the men's T2 classification. Hans Peter Durst of Germany took the gold medal in a time of 28:31.15 with Ryan Boyle of the USA taking silver on home turf just 1:26.22 behind the winner.

Stone crossed the line after two laps of the Millennium circuit to take a bronze medal 2:01.88 behind his German rival.

Paul Dring said:

"In a class that has become increasingly competitive since London 2012, David has had to find a new level of performance in order to make the podium. Today was a great example of that, where David battled hard throughout the race and had to dig really deep on the second lap to secure the bronze medal."

The 33-year-old rider from Leeds who won gold in the road race at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London will now be looking to repeat this when he takes on the 30.6 kilometre road race course in Greenville on Monday afternoon.

Great Britain's medal tally now sits at four after two days of competition in South Carolina.

Tomorrow will see newly crowned time trial world champion Dame Sarah Storey compete in the women's C5 road race over a distance of 61.2 kilometres. Tandem pairing Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall will also compete tomorrow in the B/VI classification over 81.6 kilometres.



Men’s T2 time trial
Women's H3 time trial

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