London 2012

Stone defends title

31-year-old secures victory in the mixed T1-2 road race

Last Updated: 08/09/12 3:37pm

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David Stone: successfully defended his Paralympic Games road race title

David Stone: successfully defended his Paralympic Games road race title

David Stone successfully defended his Paralympic Games title with victory in the mixed T1-2 road race at Brands Hatch.

The 31-year-old relinquished his time-trial title on Wednesday and was disappointed with bronze.

Stone, who has cerebral palsy and rides a tricycle, bounced back in the 24-kilometre road race to win his third Paralympic gold medal, seven seconds ahead of Italy's Giorgio Farroni.

David Vondracek of the Czech Republic was three minutes 17 seconds behind in third.

Hard

Briton Stone said: "I made my move, but the Italian (Farroni) stayed with me. It was so hard.

"It makes it better to win today because it was so disappointing not winning in the time-trial.

"Compared to Beijing, the competition was so much better, it's good. It pushes me. It makes it a much better sport."

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