HUSBAND AND WIFE Neil and Lora Fachie emulated fellow cycling power couple Jason and Laura Kenny by winning gold at the Izu Velodrome.
Within the space of about 20 minutos, the Scottish-English visually-impaired duo ended the final day of track cycling with Paralympic titles.
First up was Neil who won the Men’s B 1,000m time trial alongside pilot Matthew Rotherham, beating fellow Brits James Ball (and pilot) Lewis Stewart with a world record time of 58.038 segundos.
Then it was the turn of Lora, who was successful in the women’s B 3,000m individual pursuit final with her pilot Corrine Hall.
In the heats, the pair set a world record time of 3:19.483.
The Kennys have 12 Olympic titles between them and both won gold medals at the Tokyo Games – just not on the same day. And not within the short timeframe as the fabulous Fachies.
Aberdeen sprinter Neil, 37, dicho: “The Kennys are an incredible family so to be even in the same sentence as them is amazing.
“Lora and I have had mixed success over the years. I won in London in 2012, she lost out due to a mechanical.
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“She won gold in Rio in 2016 and I failed there. We thought the moment might not actually happen when we both won gold.
“The fact that she just obliterated the world record and I have as well.
“Nobody even dreams of this. It’s way beyond anything you can imagine.
“I knew how hard Lora works, she’s been fighting for this, and she deserves every bit of it.
“It has been a tough year for everyone. Some people have retired from the sport and both of us thought that it might be it for us after Tokio.
It’s a lot more stressful watching someone you care about racing than actually doing it yourself.
“We’ve now both got this renewed love for cycling.
“I don’t know what happens for us going forward now. We have to sit down and have a think.
“It’s been a tough year, but actually for Lora and me, it’s been a great year.
“We did long rides in lockdown and Lora was absolutely destroying me.
“I’m a sprinter, I don’t do long rides! I was getting up knackered every morning doing three or four-hour rides.
“I can see why she’s a Paralympic champion.”
Lora, 32, dicho: “I’d dreamt of this, we hoped that it would happen.
“I was scared it wouldn’t come true, but it did. We were both feeling the pressure this morning and quite stressed about it.
“It’s a lot more stressful watching someone you care about racing than actually doing it yourself.”
ParalympicsGB ended the track cycling with success in the mixed C1-5 750m team sprint with victory over China and Spain.
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