South Aussies reunite to win Gold at the Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Italy
12 April 2016
Five time Paralympic gold medallist, Kieran Modra from South Australia and SASI Lead Cycling coach Jason Niblett have reunited, in a new partnership as coach and athlete, to help Modra win gold in the tandem 4km pursuit at the 2016 Para-cycling Track World Championships held in Italy this month. The confidence boosting win has the evergreen Modra yet again in contention for Paralympic gold in Rio.
Modra and pilot David Edwards from Queensland blasted out of the start gate completing the opening kilometre in 1 minute 7.310 seconds and powered home to claim gold in 4 mins 12.324 seconds.
Modra and Niblett (a past SASI scholarship holder) competed together as athletes, at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games where they won 2 silver medals in the Men’s tandem sprint B and Men’s tandem time trial. They will be hoping to go one better, when they work together at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games which begins on the 7th of September.
Modra was born in Port Lincoln in 1972 is visually impaired and amazingly has competed in three different sports during his previous seven Paralympics. Niblett competed internationally as a track cyclist and switched to Paracycling at the end of his career and was Modra’s Pilot at the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
The 2016 Paralympic Games take place this year in Rio de Janeiro from the 7th to the 18th of September.
For more information on the SASI cycling program visit www.recsport.sa.gov.au