TOKYO PARALYMPICS

Tokyo Paralympics: Greco wins first gold of Games in world record time

Paige Greco only took up para-cycling in 2019 but the 24-year-old Australian claimed 3,000m individual pursuit gold in Tokyo in world record time.

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Tokyo Paralympics: Greco wins first gold of Games and breaks world record

Australian cyclist Paige Greco won the first gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in style on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old claimed the 3,000m individual pursuit title at the Izu Velodrome in a world record time of three minutes, 50.815 seconds.

Wang Xiaomei of China won silver and Germany's Denise Schindler took bronze as Greco stole the show.

Greco: "It's not really sunk in yet"

Greco said: "It means so much. When I think about all the people that helped me get here, the staff and all my friends and family, it's amazing. I owe it all to them.

"It feels amazing. I still can't believe it. I keep looking down and seeing [the gold medal]. It's not really sunk in yet."

Grego competed in athletics at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio and only made her para-cycling debut two years ago.

She will also go for gold in the C1-3 time trial on August 31 before competing in the C1-3 road race four days later.