Colbourne adds gold to silver
Mark Colbourne experienced ecstasy and Jody Cundy despair on a dramatic second day of Paralympic competition at the London 2012 velodrome.
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Colbourne claimed Paralympic gold for the first time with victory in the men's C1 three-kilometres individual pursuit in a world record time, on a day which saw Britain claim one gold, three silvers and a bronze.
Cundy, though, experienced only anger and tears while launching expletives at officials after he was denied a restart in the C4/C5 one-kilometre time-trial, an event in which he had not been beaten in six years.
There was a happier conclusion to the day for Colbourne, who set a second world record in the space of a few hours in winning gold in three minutes 53.881 seconds.
China's Li Zhang Yu, who won C1-2-3 one-kilometre time-trial gold ahead of the 42-year-old Welshman on day one, was second.
"It's a dream come true for me," said Colbourne, who broke his back in a paragliding accident in 2009.
"I only had 18 months (to prepare). We had to raise the bar, increase the training and push me to my limits. Today was the result of all of that.
"When you go through a life-changing experience you deal with it as best as you possibly can.
"All the hard work has paid off. It was well worth it."
The day began with second place for Aileen McGlynn and Helen Scott the women's blind and visually impaired tandem 3km time-trial.
McGlynn, who is partially sighted, and pilot Scott clocked 1min 09.469secs seconds to finish 0.550 behind Australia's Felicity Johnson and Stephanie Morton, who stole victory in a Paralympic record of 1:08.919.
It was the first time McGlynn has tasted Paralympic defeat in the event after the 39-year-old from Glasgow won gold in Athens and Beijing with Ellen Hunter as pilot.
But McGlynn and Scott, 22 from Halesowen, are determined to chase glory in Brazil in four years' time after finishing second to the Australian pair at the last two World Championships and now in London.
"This was our main focus," said a disappointed McGlynn.
"I've definitely got more to offer. We've got more to come, it just didn't work out today."
Scott was a team-mate of Olympic rider Jess Varnish before turning her attentions to tandem racing in April 2010 and although she has the potential to switch to the Olympic disciplines, her goal remains Paralympic glory.
Scott, wearing a necklace featuring a tandem bike, said: "I still want a gold medal with Aileen. That's our mission and we're not going to stop until we get it."
The C4/5 one-kilometre time-trial was won by Alfonso Cabello in a C5 world record of 1:05.947, with world champion Jon-Allan Butterworth, who lost his left arm while serving in Iraq with the RAF in 2007, taking silver in 1:05.985, 0.038 behind the Spaniard. Bronze went to China's Ji Xiaofei.
Butterworth had been concentrating on the C5 4km individual pursuit, which takes place tomorrow, expecting Cundy to win the kilo.
The 26-year-old from Sutton Coldfield said: "I'm pleased with the silver. I'm confident tomorrow, it's a new day so let's hopefully go for gold.
"The kilo historically I'm very good at but I've been concentrating on the pursuit as I thought Jody would be very hard to beat.
"Unfortunately that did not happen, I'm guessing he probably would have won that the way he's been going in training."
Cundy believed the start gate had failed to open sufficiently for his ride, but officials deemed rider error was to blame and the 33-year-old was denied a restart.
Shaun McKeown and Darren Kenny finished with medals in the C3 3km individual pursuit.
Kenny responded to a poor qualification display to finish with a world record of 3:35.257, but only bronze.
"I got the tactics wrong this morning," said Kenny, who crashed into a metal post making his way from the athletes' village to the velodrome on yesterday's opening day, damaging his knee.
"I was just pleased to get my record back, that was what was left."
McKeown was second in 3:38.637 as Joseph Berenyi of the United States won gold in 3:37.912.
McKeown said: "I feel I gave it 100% - I don't think I could have done any more. I'm happy."