Paralympics: Singapore cyclist Steve Tee sets personal best in men's B 1,000m time trial

Tandem cyclist Steve Tee and pilot Ang Kee Meng clocked 1min 10.886sec at the Izu Velodrome.
Tandem cyclist Steve Tee and pilot Ang Kee Meng clocked 1min 10.886sec at the Izu Velodrome.PHOTO: SPORT SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - Tandem cyclist Steve Tee continued his fine form in his debut Paralympics with another personal best in the men's B 1,000m time trial on Saturday (Aug 28).

Tee and pilot Ang Kee Meng clocked 1min 10.886sec at the Izu Velodrome, bettering their previous time of 1:14.121 achieved at the 2019 Para Asian Track Championships in Jakarta. They finished eighth out of 10 pairs overall.

Tee said: "It feels really great to break another personal best in our non pet event. Our hard work and training really paid off. We are really happy with our double personal best results. I would say a mission impossible became possible.

"We look forward to our next event where we have set some goals for ourselves. Our usual average speeds for previous races was around 40km/hr. We aim to better this on Tuesday."

Briton Neil Fachie and pilot Matthew Rotherham claimed the gold medal in a world record 58.038sec while compatriots James Ball and Lewis Stewart took the silver in 59.503sec. France's Raphael Beaugillet and Francois Pervis settled for the bronze in 1:00.472.

In tandem para-cycling, a visually-impaired athlete, called the stoker, is paired with a sighted counterpart, or the pilot.

This is the second PB Tee, 40, and Ang, 34, have set in Tokyo after improving on their time in the men's B 4,000m individual pursuit, in which they finished ninth of 14.

The duo return to action in the men's B time trial (road cycling) on Tuesday.

Ang said: "One of the challenges will be the hot and humid weather. We will make sure we are well hydrated, keep our body cool and sleep well before the race.

"It will be a tough road course for us as it is quite a hilly circuit. We hope to learn and enjoy the process and of course, we will always do our best."