Road cycling bronze for Paige Greco and Meg Lemon
Day 7 of the Tokyo Paralympics saw two SASI athletes win bronze medals in road cycling events.
In the Women’s C1-3 Time Trial, Paige Greco crossed the finish line with a time of 26:37.54 and Meg Lemon clocked in at 41:14.42 in the Women’s C4 Time Trial.
Speaking after the event, Lemon said she was glad she has another chance to compete after missing out on a medal in the C4 3000m Individual Pursuit last week.
“I just had to rest and get on it with it, I knew I had two more races to show the world what I could do,” Lemon said.
The 31-year-old came in third behind the USA’s Shawn Morelli who won gold, and fellow Australian Emily Petricola who secured silver.
The friendly rivalry between Lemon and Petricola has been prominent, with the two competing in a medal decider at the world titles in Canada in 2020.
“Em and Morelli are just way too strong for me and I’ll just have to go back to the drawing board and keep working and hopefully with a bit more time I’ll be matching them - it's nice to be getting closer and closer.”
Greco placed third in her event today, with host nation Japan’s Keiko Sugiura taking out the top spot ahead of Sweden’s Anna Beck in second position.
For 24-year-old Greco, this is the second medal she’s claimed in her Paralympics Games debut after winning gold in the C1-3 3000m Individual Pursuit last week.
SASI para-cycling coach Loz Shaw, believes the mindset and drive of the two athletes is what has made them a ‘cut above the rest’.
“They have all done such an amazing job to get to the Games and to perform well on both track and road,” Shaw said.
“They take on the journey and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”