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Brave Burns fails to make track cycling final in London

By Mark Etheridge
in London

She raced her heart out but Roxy Burns failed to make it through to the final of the C4 women’s track pursuit cycle event as the 2012 Paralympics got underway here on Thursday.

Cape Town based Burns was the first individual South African in action at the Games and lined up in the first of three heats in the impressive Velodrome.

She was up against American Megan Fisher and Fisher powered her way to a Paralympic record of 4min 06.599sec in the 12-lap event.

Burns clocked 4:40:874 in an event which she most definitely does not rank as her favourite.

Fisher’s record lasted just a few minutes as Australia’s Susan Powell broke that as well as the world record to post a new global best of 4:03:306.

After the three morning heats were done and dusted Burns ended in sixth spot overall. She would have needed to end in the top four places to make the final later in the day. Not even the fact that this was her fastest time ever could help her snatch a spot in the final.

Aged just 23, Burns suffers from a rare genetic condition, the tongue-twisting known as Ataxia Telangiectasia that affects gross and fine motor co-ordination.

It is believed that less than 100 people worldwide have this condition but such is her spirit that she’ll bounce back to give it her all in her favourite event coming up on Saturday, the 500m time trial.


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