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Former F1 driver Zanardi wins Paralympic gold for third time

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Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi wins his third Paralympic gold medal

Former F1 driver Zanardi wins Paralympic gold for third time

SHOWS: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (SEPTEMBER 14, 2016) (IPC – SEE RESTRICTIONS)

HANDCYCLING – H5 20KM ROAD TIME TRIAL EVENT

1. AERIAL OF START AREA

2. ALEX ZANARDI DURING TIME TRIAL

3. ZANARDI CROSSES THE FINISH LINE, WINS THE COMPETITION

4. ZANARDI RECEIVES GOLD MEDAL

5. ITALIAN, AUSTRALIAN AND AMERICAN FLAGS

6. ZANARDI ON PODIUM ALONG SILVER MEDALLIST STUART TRIPP (AUS) AND BRONZE MEDALLIST OSCAR SANCHEZ (USA)

ATHLETICS – WOMEN’S 400 METRES T38 RACE

7. RACE IN PROGRESS, KADEENA COX OF GREAT BRITAIN WINS IN WORLD RECORD TIME OF 1 MINUTE, 00.72 SECONDS

WHEELCHAIR TENNIS – MEN’S QUAD SINGLES FINAL BETWEEN DYLAN ALCOTT (AUS) AND ANDY LAPTHORN (GBR)

8. SECOND SET: ALCOTT SERVES AT 5-4, 40-40, WINS RALLY WITH FOREHAND TO GIVE HIM MATCH POINT

9. AUSTRALIAN CROWD

10. SECOND SET: ALCOTT SERVES AND WINS MATCH/PLAYERS EMBRACE

ATHLETICS – WOMEN’S SHOT PUT F12 EVENT

11. SAFIYA BURKHANOVA (UZBEKISTAN) WINS WITH WORLD RECORD THROW OF 15.05 METRES

ATHLETICS – WOMEN’S SHOT PUT F11 EVENT

12. ASSUNTA LEGNANTE (ITA) WINS GOLD WITH THROW OF 15.74 METRES

SHOOTING – R6 MIXED 50 METRES RIFLE PRONE SH1 FINAL

13. COMPETITION IN PROGRESS

14. ZHANG CUIPING (CHN)

15. CROWD

16. ZHANG CUIPING

STORY: Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi won his third Paralympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Wednesday (September 14), a day before the 15th anniversary of the Champ Car crash that cost the Italian both legs and nearly his life.

The 49-year-old won the 20km H5 hand-cycling road time trial in Rio to add to the two golds he won on his Paralympics debut in London four years ago.

Zanardi, a two times champion in the U.S.-based Champ Car series that is now IndyCar, competed in 41 grands prix between 1991 and 1999 with his final season at Williams.

He had both legs amputated above the knee, with his heart stopping seven times as he lost all but a litre of the blood in his body, after the horrific crash at the Lausitzring in Germany on Sept. 15, 2001.

The Italian was leading the race when he lost control of his Reynard-Honda in the final laps and Canadian Alex Tagliani ran into him at more than 350kph.

Zanardi, who had been read the last rites, returned to racing a year and a half after the accident and competed in the world touring car championship until 2009, by which time he had taken up hand-cycling.

Two years after the accident, he returned to the Lausitzring and finished the 13 laps that he had failed to complete during the race.

Kadeena Cox won gold in the women’s 400 metres T38 race in world record time to become the first British Paralympian to top the podium in two different sports in the same Games since 1984.

The 25-year old, who suffered a stroke in 2014 and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, clinched her gold medal at the Olympic Stadium four days after breaking the world record to win cycling’s C4-5 time trial event. She also collected a bronze medal in the women’s 100 metres T38 race.

Dylan Alcott of Australia secured a men’s wheelchair tennis double at the Olympic tennis centre in Rio. The 25-year-old overcame Briton Andy Lapthorn 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the quad singles on centre court, the day after he won gold in the quad doubles with Heath Davidson.

In Beijing, Alcott had won gold in the final of the wheelchair basketball event but after his triumph he switched sports to wheelchair tennis.

In the women’s shot put F12 competition, Safiya Burkhanova of Uzbekistan set a new world record with a throw of 15.05 metres.

Italian shot putter Assunta Legnante won gold in the women’s F11 event with a throw of 15.74 metres. Legnante, who was born with an eye condition, represented Italy at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 before losing the vision in both of her eyes.

China topped the medals at the conclusion of the shooting competitions with five golds. Zhang Cuiping, who won the women’s R8-50m Rifle 3 Positions-SH1 event on Tuesday (September 13), added her second gold of the Rio Games with victory in the R6 Mixed 50 metres Rifle Prone SH1 final.

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