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Roxy burns up the track at sizzling World Championships

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Day one of the World Track Para-cycling Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico is done and dusted and our two-time Olympian Roxy Burns acquitted herself well, writes Mark Etheridge.

Cape Town based Burns, pictured at the race venue here, was in action in the 500-metre Time Trial, competing in the C4 category.

And the racing was fast and furious at the high-altitude city.

Said team manager Sheldon Bole from Mexico: “Roxy was up against the world record holder and current Paralympic champion, Jianping Ruan from China and five other competitors.

“She finished sixth in a time of 42.964sec, her fastest time since 2011,” he told Road to Rio 2016.

“The track is very hot (35deg Celcius) and dry (29% RH) and fast” out of the seven events held today, six world records were broken and the seventh event saw the record missed by 0.008sec!”

The other South African representative, Dane Wilson, from Gauteng will race the last heat of the pursuits on Saturday. “He’ll be riding against world record holder and current Paralympic champion, Michael Gallagher from Australia.”


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