Rachel Morris wins Paralympic bronze in women’s individual H1-3 road race

Rachel Morris wins Paralympic bronze in women’s individual H1-3 road race

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Great Britain’s Rachel Morris won bronze in the women’s individual H1-3 road race at Brands Hatch with Karen Darke fourth.

The USA’s Marianna Davis claimed gold with compatriot Monica Bascio second after the duo broke away from the rest of the field with around 16km remaining of the 48km route.

Morris and Darke formed another group ahead of the peloton but could not pull the American riders back, finishing 1 minute and 34 seconds behind Davis with a photo finish required to seperate the two who crossed the line hand-in-hand, having trained together over the last three years.

After the race Rachel Morris said: “I have not had the best lead into these Games so this bronze medal means more than a gold, it means everything. The crowd here awesome and it’s been fantastic to get round together.”

Karen Darke added: “I can’t believe we did it, it was brilliant. We wanted it together, we crossed the line with our hands together,"”

Morris, 33 and a gold medallist in the time-trial in Beijing, had been in a trinaing accident after a collision with a car which placed her participation in doubt, but she battled resiliently with Darke, who already had a medal from the Games with a silver in the H1-2 time-trial.

It was the British Cycling team's 21st medal of the Games, taking the team past the 20 they won in 2008.