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Burns, Wilson make their mark in Mexico

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Our two cyclists have continued giving a good account of themselves at the UC Para-Track World Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico, writes Mark Etheridge.

Roxy Burns opened her campaign with her fastest time (42.964sec) in three years in the 500m time trial.

Then it was colleague Dane Wilson, pictured right, who took part in the last of the heats in the Pursuits where the took on world record holder and current Paralympic Champion, Michael Gallagher from Australia. Competing in extremely hot and dry conditions, Gauteng’s Wilson went on to better his own national record in the 4km C5 Men Individual Pursuit by and amazing 18 seconds when he posted a time of 4min 54.112sec.

This gave him ninth spot overall in the competition which all earns South Africa valuable points towards rider berths for the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

Burns’ next race was the Individual Pursuit, her more favoured event and she ended sixth with a new SA best time of 4:29.

Next up for Wilson was the 1000m time trial later in the day where he rode to ninth, posting a time of 1min 07.535sec, which was five seconds faster than his national record.

Wilson’s last race was scheduled for late Sunday evening against 15 other C5 and C4 category men.


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