Posted on Friday 22nd March, 2024

Revving up the excitement at the 2024 Para Cycling Track World Championships, Devon Briggs has smashed the World Record in the 200m Time Trial. The 20-year-old from Cambridge sped through the race in a blistering 10.919, beating fierce competition to claim the World Record.

View Devon’s race at 7 hours 1 minute into the livestream.

Briggs is thrilled with this result in his first race of the Championships:

“The race was phenomenal. It was amazing to get out there and put down this time down on the track for the start of racing.”

When asked how he beat the World Record, Briggs explained:

“Following the process certainly helped. Me and (coach) Damian (Wiseman) set out a good process to follow. We set out good lines, what we were going to do where on the track to deliver a nice ride and get a good time.”

That World Record (11.141) hadn’t been touched for over five years.

Just days too young to be eligible for Tokyo 2020, Briggs will now have high hopes for Paris 2024. Briggs competes in the C3 sports class due to bilateral talipes (or severe club feet).

Day 2 also saw Paralympians #222 Nicole Murray (C5) and #225 Anna Taylor (C4) contest the C5 and C4 Omnium 200m Time Trial events, finishing 3rd and 6th place respectively.

Early tomorrow, Briggs, Murray and Taylor will race qualifiers for the Individual Pursuit. If they place in the top four riders in qualifiers, they will contest the finals later in the day. This will take place between 7.30am and 11am in New Zealand. Teammates Nick Blincoe (C4) and Ben Westenberg (C4) will dial up the tactical drama in the Men’s C4 Scratch Race, where up to 24 riders race 15 kilometres together.

Viewers can follow the action live.

Time in NZSTEventAthleteResults
Day 1
Thursday 1.00am-6.30amQualifying WC5 500m Time TrialNicole Murray
Qualifying WC4 500m Time TrialAnna Taylor
Thursday 7.30am-10.45amMC4 Omnium 200m Flying StartNick Blincoe
Ben Westenberg
WC5 500m Time TrialNicole MurrayBronze
WC4 500m Time TrialAnna TaylorSilver
Qualifying MC4 7.5km Scratch RaceNick Blincoe
Ben Westenberg
Day 2
Friday 1.00am-6.20amQualifying MC4 4km Individual PursuitNick Blincoe
Ben Westenberg
WC5 Omnium 200m Flying StartNicole Murray3rd
Friday 7.00am-10.50amWC4 Omnium 200m Flying StartAnna Taylor5th
MC3 Omnium 200m Flying StartDevon BriggsWorld Record!
1st (non medal event)
Day 3
Saturday 1.00am-6.15amQualifying MC3 3km Individual PursuitDevon Briggs
Qualifying WC5 3km Individual PursuitNicole Murray
Qualifying WC4 3km Individual PursuitAnna Taylor
Saturday 7.30am-11.00amMC4 15km Scratch RaceNick Blincoe
Ben Westenberg
MC3 3km Individual PursuitDevon BriggsBronze
WC5 3km Individual PursuitNicole MurraySilver
WC4 3km Individual PursuitAnna Taylor4th
Day 4
Sunday 5.45am-9.00amQualifying MC4 1km Time TrialNick Blincoe
Ben Westenberg
Qualifying MC3 1km Time TrialDevon BriggsWorld record!
Sunday 10.00am-12.15pmWC4 10km Scratch RaceAnna Taylor4th
MC3 1km Time TrialDevon BriggsWorld record!
Day 5
Monday 1.00am-5.15amQualifying 750m Team SprintAnna Taylor
Nick Blincoe
Devon Briggs
Monday 6.15am-8.45am750m Team SprintAnna Taylor
Nick Blincoe
Devon Briggs
WC5 10km Scratch RaceNicole MurrayBronze
Monday 8.50am-9.10amWC5 Omnium Award Ceremony
Monday 9.15am-11.30amMC3 15km Scratch RaceDevon Briggs5th
WC Elimination Race (exhibition)Anna Taylor
Nicole Murray

MC Elimination Race (exhibition)Ben Westenberg
Nick Blincoe
Devon Briggs

Monday 11.30am-1.15pmAward Ceremonies
Omnium placingsWomen's C4Anna TaylorBronze
Women's C5Nicole MurraySilver
Men's C3Devon BriggsSilver

Photos credit Miriam Jeske and Marco Antônio Teixeira, CBC