Day One - 7 September 2008

Well Darren started his race to the podium by shaving nearly 6 seconds of his previous World Record time in the Men's Individual Pursuit against Javier Ochoa of Spain, catching him in under 1250 meters and finishing in 3:36.875.

Darren then had a long wait until the final while Simon Richardson (LC3) brought home ParalympicsGB first Gold of the games in the 1KM Time Trial with a world record time of 1:14.936. This was closely followed by Aileen McGlynn and Ellen Hunter bring home another Gold in the B&VI 1KM Time Trial, shaving over a second off their previous Paralympic Record time.

In the final Darren was racing against Yong-Sik Jin of Korea (Javier Ochoa having been disqualified for continuing to push after Darren had caught him in the heats), a rider that whose time was a almost a full 22 seconds behind Darren in the heats. By the end of the first 1KM Darren had caught up with Yong-Sik and ParalympicsGB 3 Gold of the day was in the bag.

Over the 5 possible medals that could have been won in the velodrome today ParalympicsGB had riders competing for 3 of them all were sucessful, not only in bring home the Gold but also by setting new records.

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