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Paralympics: Zanardi triumphs amid multiple medallists

Published on Sep 6, 2012 11:56 AM
 
Former F1 and Cart racing car driver Alessandro Zanardi of Italy, shows off his gold medal for the Men's Individual H4 Time Trial during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Brands Hatch racing circuit near Sevenoaks, on Sept 5, 2012. Zanardi on Wednesday won Paralympic gold at a circuit where he once drove high powered cars, as the showpiece "Battle of the Blade Runners" took shape on the track. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Former racing driver Alessandro Zanardi on Wednesday won Paralympic gold at a circuit where he once drove high powered cars, as the showpiece "Battle of the Blade Runners" took shape on the track.

It was also a day for multiple medallists, as the most-decorated male Paralympian took gold again in his ninth Games and Australia got a new star in the pool.

The 45-year-old Zanardi's win in the individual H4 (hand-cycle) time-trial at Brands Hatch was a triumph for the Italian former Formula One driver, who was critically injured and had both legs amputated after a horror smash in 2001.

He battled back into motorsport, even competing in a touring car race at the fabled southeast England circuit in a specially-adapted car with hand controls, before switching his efforts to hand-cycling.

 
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