Mark Colbourne wins silver 3 years after breaking back

Mark Colbourne collects silver ahead of China's Zhang Yu Li and Germany's Tobias Graf. Photo: Press Association

Mark Colbourne has won Great Britain's first medal of the London Paralympics with silver in the C1-2-3 one-kilometre time-trial.

In an event factored to account for mixing classifications, Li Zhang Yu of China won gold with a C1 world record of one minute 13.009 seconds, converted to 1min 05.021secs.

Colbourne, competing in his first Paralympics at the age of 41 following a paragliding accident in 2009 which saw him sustain a broken back, finished in 1:16.882, converted to 1:08.471, as he claimed Britain's first podium place of the Games in front of a 6,000-capacity crowd.

Mark Calbourne waves to the 6,000-strong velodrome crowd. Credit: Press Association

Tobias Graf of Germany set a C2 world record of 1:15.858, converted to 1:09.979, as he finished with bronze.

C3 world record holder Kenny, a six-time Paralympic champion, clocked 1:10.203 to place fourth, while Rik Waddon was ninth in 1:11.394 and Ireland's Enda Smyth, also a C3 rider, was 16th in 1:13.890.

Colbourne told Channel 4: "It's very exciting. We have worked for the last eight months towards this and big thanks to all the coaches who got me in the best shape possible. I'm very happy."