Posted on Sunday 24th March, 2024

An unstoppable Devon Briggs has claimed the double whammy of a gold medal and a new World Record at the Para Cycling Track World Championships.

Competing in Rio this morning, Briggs smashed the World Record in his C3 Kilo qualifier, and then bettered his own World Record in the final with a time of 01:05:259.

An elated Briggs describes it as an amazing day:

“I came into the day wanting to get the world record and we smashed it out of the park. And to come in again tonight, breaking my own world record and getting rainbows on top of that, I’m so stoked.

“I’m over the moon with joy, I just can’t quite comprehend what’s happened today. It’s been an amazing day so far.”

The excitement didn’t stop there, with Paralympian #225 Anna Taylor showing her experience in the Women’s C4 Scratch Race. Taylor delivered a strong tactical performance to cross the line fourth. Crucially, this secured her a podium for the Omnium. The Omnium is based on points earned across two endurance events and two sprint events. By demonstrating her versatility across the disciplines, Taylor earned a bronze Omnium medal.

Day 4 also saw C4 athletes Ben Westenberg and Nick Blincoe compete in the C4 Kilo qualifier, missing a place in the final with 10th and 16th place finishes.

Tomorrow morning will see Paralympian #222 Nicole Murray contest the C5 Scratch Race, while Devon Briggs enters the same event in the C3 class. Briggs, Taylor and Blincoe will also compete in the Team Sprint.

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