Worlds: Amanda Reid wins Australia's first world championship in Glasgow

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Amanda Reid has delivered ARA Australian Cycling Team its first rainbow jersey at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships on Day 4 at the track, winning the Women C2 500m Time Trial title.

Reid executed the final to perfection at Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, winning by a margin of 3.940 seconds in a time of 38.378.

That time was a fraction slower than the new world record she set earlier in the day, eclipsing her own world best benchmark time in 38.162 seconds.

The win is Reid’s fourth consecutive Women C2 500m Time Trial and fifth since 2017, a count she had lost track of such is her success in para-cycling on the track.

“It’s pretty cool – I didn’t realise it was my fifth. I only thought it was four in a row until a minute ago after stepping off the podium,” Reid said.

“The world record was very surprising considering the injuries I've had and moving states recently so I was pretty happy with it.

“We thought I could possibly do a PB, but it was really a hope for the best situation after an injury. So that’s what I did, just went out there and raced.”

Amanda Reid
Amanda Reid has won her fifth Women C2 500m Time Trial world championships in Glasgow on Day 4. Picture: Charlie Forgham-Bailey/SWpix.com

The 26-year-old is far from done in Glasgow, switching focus almost immediately to the hunt for her 10th para-cycling track world championship on Day 6 of competition.

“I’ve got a scratch race coming up in two days, I want to get my rainbow jersey back for that too,” Reid said.

Results – Women C2 500m Time Trial

1. Amanda Reid (AUS) 38.378secs
2. Zhenling Song (CHN) +3.940
3. Maike Thausberger (GER) +4.727
11. Tahlia Clayton-Goodie (AUS)

For more coverage of the ARA Australian Cycling Team at the UCI Cycling World Championships, visit our Glasgow 2023 Hub.


Feature photo: Will Palmer/SWpix.com

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