Australian Cyclist Amanda Reid Breaks World Record at Tokyo Paralympics

Australian cyclist Amanda Reid broke her own world record after winning gold in the C1-C3 500-meter cycling track time trial at the Tokyo Paralympics on Aug. 27.

The 24-year-old cyclist finished the race in a “real-time” of 38.487 seconds, which is adjusted from her official time of 35.581 seconds because she is classified as a C2 competitor, breaking her previous record of 38.918 seconds set last November.

Reid’s gold medal is Australia’s third track cycling Paralympic gold medal and Australia’s seventh gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Reid, a two-time Paralympian who has cerebral palsy and intellectual impairment, is the third Australian track cyclist and the fifth Indigenous Australian to win a Tokyo Paralympic gold.

“It means everything to me, as a proud Guringai and Wemba Wemba woman to represent my people back home, especially seeing as there are only three of us on the team this time,” Reid said, according to Australian broadcaster SBS.

“I’m hoping that I can encourage more Aboriginal disabled athletes to get into the sport,” Reid added.

Reid previously won silver in the same cycling event at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.

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