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Proud dad says Paralympic star has his 'genes'!

Gold medal for Mytholmroyd's Karen Darke Credit: PA

The father of Para-cyclist Karen Darke has spoken of his pride in his daughter, who's won a gold medal in Rio.

Karen's mother, Chris, and brother, Simon, are with her in Rio. But her father Mike remained at the family home in Mytholmroyd in West Yorkshire, where Karen grew up and went to school.

Tongue-in-cheek, he claims his 45-year-old daughter has inherited his 'genes'. A keen cyclist and runner in his younger days, he is now 76 and still aims to cycle around 100 miles a week.

Karen, meanwhile, on her website, speaks of her 'adventurous gene', with life in a wheelchair being 'full of the unexpected'. She was a keen runner, climber and all round outdoor addict, before falling off a cliff at the age of 21 and becoming paralysed from the chest down.

Karen won a silver medal in the women's road time trial H1-2 in the 2012 London Paralympics. She's also an author and a motivational speaker.

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