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Golden opening day for British Cycling in Los Angeles

Golden opening day for British Cycling in Los Angeles
Thornhill and Hall

The all-important UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships may be in Los Angeles, but there were no fake news or wrong winners on a successful day one for Great Britain at the VELO Sports Center.

GB's tandem pairs were on fire, with Corrine Hall and Sophie Thornhill securing gold together by beating team-mates Lora Fachie and Hazel Macleod in the battle of the British, meaning silver for the latter duo.

Hall and Thornhill headed into the final on the back of a strong qualifying session - and they didn't take their foot off the pedal in a nervy match-up with their rivals, winning in a time of 3:35.341.

Bronze was also a possibility for GB with Paralympic medalists Helen Scott and Alison Patrick, but the duo were edged out by Belgian duo Griet Host and Annaleen Monsieur.

It was a sensational day one for British Cycling, with new tandem pairings on show and Para-Cycling head coach Jon Norfolk (below) spoke of his pride after seeing his squad perform so well.

COMING UP: Day two sees Jon Gildea and Jody Cundy compete in the C4 and C5 1km time trials respectively, with the action taking place late on Friday night, UK time.

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