They both set new world records on the way to success at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, on a day of real success in the velodrome for British athletes
British cyclist Neil Fachie smashed his own world record on the way to Paralympic gold on Saturday – shortly before his wife Lora repeated the feat at the Izu Velodrome in Tokyo.
Neil and pilot Matt Rotherham set a new best time in the men’s B 1000 time trial, shaving more than a second off their old record and setting a new target of 58.038.
The pair fended off competition from fellow Brits James Ball and Lewis Stewart to land Neil his second gold medal at a Paralympic Games, after last tasting success at London 2012 alongside Barney Storey.
Not long after, he was cheering his wife Lora on to success in the B 3000m pursuit alongside pilot Corrine Hall.
The women also set a new best-ever time as they qualified for the final, before strolling home in the gold medal duel to beat Irish pair Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal by almost two seconds.
After their success, Neil said: “For us both to win gold together and both break the world record as well is beyond our dreams.”
The Fachies’ victories were part of a day of huge success for British athletes on day four of the Games.
Also winning gold in the velodrome was the C1-5 750m mixed team sprint trio of Jody Cundy, Kadeena Cox and Jaco van Gass, the latter of whom has also won another gold in the 3000m individual pursuit and also bronze in the C1-3 1000m time trial.
The trio kept their noses in front in a tense battle with China, eventually pipping their opponents by 0.106 seconds.
Meanwhile, away from the velodrome, powerlifter Micky Yule won bronze in the men’s 72kg and Tom Matthews and Paul Karabardak also came third in separate table tennis singles classifications.
It was heartbreak for Alison Peasgood and guide Nikki Bartlett who finished fourth in the women’s PTVI triathlon race, while Fran Brown also finished just outside the medals after swimming, cycling and running in the PT2 event.
In the men’s PTVI triathlon, a snapped bike chain cruelly ruined Dave Ellis and Luke Pollard’s chances of claiming a medal.
The results leave Team GB second in the table as of 7.45am on Saturday, with 36 medals – 12 of which are gold.