Day 4 (track): Stunning silver for Murray, brilliant bronze for Briggs in Cycling World Championships
Paralympian Nicole Murray seized stunning silver in the Individual Pursuit, while Devon Briggs pushed through the bunch to bag bronze in the Scratch Race. This brings the tally to 4 medals across the Kiwi Para cyclists.
Bronze for Briggs
Cambridge 19-year-old Briggs is thrilled with his race and the progression its shows:
“I’m stoked. That was one of the best Scratch Races I’ve ever ridden. I was determined to set myself up really well for the final sprint. I managed to get on Fin (Graham)’s wheel and Jaco (van Gass)’s wheel and just ended up going around few people to get there and managed to get third. And I get to take home another one of these highland cow mascots!”
Silver for Murray
Murray explains that this performance, while slightly slower than her qualifier, was a technical feat that she’s proud of:
“I executed everything within my power as well as I could today. It’s the most consistent ride that I’ve done in probably a couple of years, so I’ve got to be happy with that. Rode it hard until the end!”
The Cambridge 30-year-old has racked up a stack of medals in both track and road Para cycling over the past couple of years. She went into this Championships as the top-ranked C5 Para cyclist in the world.
18-year-old Heidi Gaugain from France took the Individual Pursuit gold. When asked about the new young talent shaking up the C5 class after a decade of dominance from the UK’s Dame Sarah Storey, Murray welcomes it:
“It’s good for the event. It keeps things interesting. Good to keep an eye out for the scratch race as well. Hopefully things will play out a little bit differently than usual. Looking forward to that!”
Murray also contested the 200m Time Trial earlier in the day, placing 4th.
|Nicole Murray||3Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying||2nd (qualified for gold final) +3.325 + PB||WC5|
|Anna Taylor||3Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying||3rd (qualified for bronze final) +7.713 + PB||WC4|
|Sarah Ellington||3Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying||5th +22.023||WC2|
|Ben Westenberg||4Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying||5th +7.016 + PB||MC4|
|Nick Blincoe||4Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying||22nd +37.730||MC4|
|Devon Briggs||3Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying||4th (qualified for bronze final) +7.416||MC3|
|Nicole Murray||500m Time Trial Qualifying||3rd +0.998||WC5|
|Ben Westenberg||200m FS Time Trial||4th +0.962||MC4|
|Nick Blincoe||200m FS Time Trial||7th +1.232||MC4|
|Nicole Murray||500m Time Trial Finals||Bronze +0.639||WC5|
|Sarah Ellington||200m FS Time Trial||9th||WC2|
|Devon Briggs||Kilometre Time Trial Qualifying||2nd (qualified for final)||MC3|
|Nick Blincoe||Kilometre Time Trial Qualifying||15th +6.901||MC4|
|Ben Westenberg||Kilometre Time Trial Qualifying||9th +4.833||MC4|
|Devon Briggs||Kilometre Time Trial Finals||Bronze +0.644||MC3|
|Anna Taylor||10Km Scratch Final||4th||WC4|
|Nicole Murray||200m FS Time Trial||4th||WC5|
|Nicole Murray||3Km Individual Pursuit Finals||Silver||WC5|
|Devon Briggs||15Km Scratch Finals||Bronze||MC3|
|Sarah Ellington||500m Time Trial Qualifying||9th||WC2|
|Devon Briggs||200m FS Time Trial||1st (non-medal event)||MC3|
|Anna Taylor||500m Time Trial Qualifying||5th +3.092||WC4|
|Nick Blincoe||15Km Scratch Finals||20th||MC4|
|Ben Westenberg||15Km Scratch Finals||Silver||MC4|
|Anna Taylor||500m Time Trial Finals||4th +2.604||WC4|
|Devon Briggs||3Km Individual Finals||Bronze||MC3|
|Anna Taylor||200m FS Time Trial||2nd (non-medal event)||WC4|
|Anna Taylor||3Km Individual Pursuit Finals||4th||WC4|
|Nicole Murray||10Km Scratch Finals||4th||WC5|
|TBC||Team Sprint Qualifying||9th||M/WC1-5|
|Sarah Ellington||10Km Scratch Finals||8th||WC2|
Looking ahead to Day 5
Day 5 will be a full one for the Para cyclists. Paralympians Anna Taylor and Sarah Ellington will start the day with qualifiers for the 500m Time Trial in their respective classes. We hope to see them both in the Time Trial finals later in the day. Devon Briggs has both the 200m Time Trial early in the day, and the 3km Individual Pursuit later in the day. Briggs has qualified for the bronze final for the latter. Nick Blincoe and Ben Westenberg will battle the field in the 15km Scratch Race.
See the schedule of when the New Zealanders compete. Livestreaming is available for some events, and links to the livestreams are provided on the schedule.
About the World Championships
The UCI Cycling World Championships have been dubbed the ‘Super Worlds’. They bring together 13 different World Championships in various cycling disciplines into one massive event in Glasgow, Scotland. The Para cyclists will compete in track events until next Tuesday 8th August. Following that they then contest road events from Wednesday 9th August through to Sunday 13th August.
What do the classifications mean in Para cycling?
- Classification groups Para cyclists with an eligible impairment into sports classes, according to how much their impairment affects their ability to carry out the fundamental activities in their sport.
- Para athletes who are able to use a standard bicycle (with approved adaptations) compete in the five sport classes C1-5.
- Sport class C1 is allocated to athletes with the most severe activity limitation. The sport class C5 is allocated to athletes with minimum impairments.
- The C1-5 sport classes include athletes with limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or range of motion and impairments affecting co-ordination, such as uncoordinated movements and involuntary movements.