Fachie qualifies fastest 10 months after giving birth

Fachie qualifies fastest 10 months after giving birth


Neil and Lora Fachie celebrate their Tokyo gold medals
Neil and Lora Fachie won Paralympic golds within an hour of each other in Tokyo
Venues: Glasgow and across Scotland Dates: 3-13 August
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Britain’s Lora Fachie returned after becoming a mother by qualifying fastest for the women’s B individual pursuit at the UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow.

Fachie and pilot Corrine Hall finished 0.204 seconds ahead of GB team-mates Sophie Unwin and Jenny Holl.

The two-time Paralympic champion, who is married to fellow Para-cyclist Neil, gave birth to son Fraser in October.

“It felt incredibly emotional returning to racing with my son there,” she said.

“It spurred me on to qualify fastest, just under two seconds off my own world record. Not bad considering I’m only nine months post partum.”

Fachie and Hall will face Unwin and Holl in Friday’s final at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Elsewhere, there was a world record for Daphne Schrager in the women’s C2 individual pursuit qualifying.

The 22-year-old won the C3 title in 2022 but was reclassified this year. She beat the previous C2 record held by Switzerland’s Flurina Rigling by more than 10 seconds and will face Rigling for gold on Friday.

Britain are guaranteed another medal in the men’s B pursuit with Steve Bate and Chris Latham taking on Chris McDonald and Adam Duggleby for bronze.

Morgan Newberry (women’s C5 pursuit) and Sam Ruddock (men’s C1 pursuit) will also ride for bronze in their events.


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