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Posted - 06 Sep 2012 :  08:37:21  Show Profile  Visit Scorpio's Homepage  Click to see Scorpio's MSN Messenger address Send Scorpio a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finally a story to be proud off

FORMER Formula One driver Alex Zanardi has completed his remarkable transformation from high-speed motorsport ace to Paralympic champion.

Zanardi claimed gold in the H4 time trial at the London road cycling course, Brands Hatch, but it was not the first time he had been in the spotlight at the venue.

The course previously marked a one of the successful steps on his way to a Formula 1 career when, in 1991, he finished second in a Formula 3000 race for the Il Barone Rampante team.

His F1 career then started before tragedy struck.

In 2001, the Italian had a crash in Brandenburg, Germany, that was so severe, his heart stopped seven times at the hospital, he was administered the last rites and lost his legs.

It was (Alessandro) Zanardi's second near-fatal crash after he faltered in practice for the Belgium Grand Prix, with the accident delivering a G-force 18 times higher than a level that usually proves fatal.

Former Formula One driver Alessandro Zanardi of Italy wins the road cycle individual time trial H4 category at the 2012 Paralympics in London. Picture: Alastair Grant Source: AP

Zanardi turned to hand cycling six years later and proved - as most champions do - that perseverance pays off.

"This is a great accomplishment, one of the greatest of my life," Zanardi said.

"I worked very hard to get here. It was great to live such an experience at 45.

"This moment also brings a little bit of sadness for an adventure that lasted for two years.

"When you are 20, you appreciate medals. When you are 40, you appreciate what you do every day.

"I enjoyed every day of training. I've had a magical adventure and this is a fantastic conclusion."

A reflective Zanardi said he had achieved a dream with the Paralympic win.

"You should not chase pipe-dreams, but if you have a horizon to look into, happiness is just around the corner," he said.

Sweden's Jacobsson on target for 17th gold

The Paralympic Games' most decorated male athlete, Jonas Jacobsson of Sweden, has shot his way to the 17th gold of his career, taking the men's 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 title in London.

The 47-year-old has garnered 30 medals in nine Games since making his debut in 1980 in Arnhem, the Netherlands. In this edition, he has only collected silver in his four scheduled events.

But he refound his gold-winning aim at the Royal Artillery Barracks, firing 10s all the way from his third shot to the end of the competition to successfully defend the title he won four years ago in Beijing.

His 100.9 points was the highest of the session and left him with a total of 1255.9.

Doron Shaziri, of Israel, a silver medallist in Beijing and bronze at Athens in 2004, was second, with Dong Cheo of China in third.

Dong had previously picked up gold in the men's 10m air rifle standing SH1.

Jacobsson, a wheelchair user and paralysed since birth, celebrated to loud cheers from Swedish fans in the crowd and said he was delighted with yet another win.

"It was amazing. I didn't really believe that I could do it but it was the power to win. It's been tough, for the last four months I wasn't shooting my best, but I did it," he said.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/more-sport/former-f1-driver-alessandro-zanardi-wins-paralympics-road-cycling-gold/story-fnducgor-1226466062249

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Posted - 06 Sep 2012 :  08:45:44  Show Profile Send Legendary Gerry a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
I've been watching a fair bit of the Games but didn't realise Zanardi was even competing.
There's hundreds, if not thousands of great stories to come out of them.
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Posted - 06 Sep 2012 :  10:05:52  Show Profile Send Sonic a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Alex is a pretty amazing guy... i remember he finished the CART race where he lost his legs... that was amazing in itself...

good stuff!

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Posted - 06 Sep 2012 :  16:04:08  Show Profile Send DJRford a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Well done to Alex Zanardi.



























































































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