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GB para-cylists face strong competition at London 2012

GB para-cylists face strong competition at London 2012

Britain's para-cyclists look in good shape for the London Olympics after the World Championships that concluded in Los Angeles on Sunday, but there's food for thought too as the level of competition continues to rise across the board in a sport that has only been included in the Paralympics since 1996 in Atlanta.

The level of British dominance in Beijing at the last games four years ago was extraordinary, with 17 golds, and they once again topped the medal table here with eight gold, seven silver and two bronze, but others are stepping up their game noticeably.

GB lead coach Chris Furber said he had expected the standard to rise, but admitted the level of competition had been tougher than anticipated, with Australia very competitive, Ireland taking a real step forward and the emergence again in a Paralympic year of China with some very talented riders.

Multiple world and Paralympic champions like Sarah Storey, Jody Cundy and Darren Kenny are still at the forefront of the sport, but perhaps the biggest plus from this past week from a British point of view is that we have a new star to add to the list of more established riders.

Welshman Mark Colbourne won gold and silver here, yet is still relatively new to the sport, having broken his back in a para-gliding accident only three years ago.

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Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.

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