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Two silver medals for Welsh athletes on first day of Paralympics

Mark Colbourne celebrates winning Great Britain's first medal Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

At least two medals will be coming home to Wales as cyclist Mark Colbourne and swimmer Nyree Kindred both scooped silver on the opening day of the Paralympic Games.

Colbourne, who also took Great Britain's first medal of the Games, says his 18 months of hard work have paid off.

The Tredegar rider came second at the London 2012 velodrome this afternoon in the C1-2-3 one-kilometre time-trial.

Colbourne 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.

It's the 42-year-old's first Paralympics following a paragliding accident in 2009 which saw him sustain a broken back.

He has set the cycling world ablaze since arriving in the sport, claiming a World Championship title and world record in the build-up to the Games.

Speaking after today's event, he said: "It's very exciting. We have worked for the last 18 months towards this."

He also thanked his coaches for getting him 'into the best shape possible'.

"Best wishes to Neil Smith for getting me back on a bike, albeit initially with stabilisers," he added.

Meanwhile Nyree Kindred won Great Britain's first medal in the pool when she came second in the S6 100 metres backstroke with a time of 1min 26.23secs.

The 32-year-old won the event in Athens in 2004 before being edged out by Holland's Mirjam De Koning-Peper four years later.

Kindred said after today's event: "The crowd lifted me. They were brilliant. I'm glad they're all here. We have got loads of guys who could win medals - we're here to win medals."

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