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Gold and Silver for North West Cyclists at the Paralympics

Anthony Kappes (left) and Craig Maclean (second left) celebrate with Neil Fache (second right) and Barney Storey (right) Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Stockport's Anthony Kappes and Craig MacLean won Paralympic gold in a stunning all-British tandem sprint final on the fourth and final day of competition at the London 2012 velodrome.

Kappes, who's partially sighted, and his pilot MacLean claimed a 2-0 win in the best of three final against team-mates Neil Fachie and his pilot Barney Storey. In the second bout, Kappes and MacLean overtook their rivals with a lap and a half to go before swooping down to the racing line.

Storey, who lives in Disley in Cheshire with his wife Sarah, and Fachie nearly lost control behind them and sat up, settling for silver. It was a second successive tandem sprint gold for Kappes, who won the title alongside Storey in Beijing in 2008.

Sarah and Barney Storey give each other a kiss as they pose with their medals won during the Paralympic Track Cycling Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Britain won both golds in the tandem sprint events, after Fachie and Storey won one-kilometre time-trial gold, when Kappes and MacLean did not finish due to mechanical trouble.


Sarah Storey: Roar from crowd was superb

An extended interview with gold medal winner Sarah Storey from Manchester.

Storey won Great Britain's first gold in the Track Cycling Women's Pursuit C5 yesterday (August 30).

Storey said the crowd at the Velodrome after her victory was like her extended family.

The Royal Mail is now producing a stamp in honour of her success. It is the first time a set of stamps has been issued to celebrate Paralympic gold medallists from the host country.

Paralympic Games: Blackpool's Shelly Woods qualifies for 5000m final

Blackpool’s Shelly Woods in action during the Women's 5000m heats at the Olympic Stadium. Credit: Gareth Fuller, Press Association Images

Shelly Woods from Blackpool has qualified for the final of the 5000m after finishing in 3rd place in Round 1.

Shelly will be in three more events over the next nine days including her strongest event, the Marathon. Her first final is on Sunday.

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