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Two Paralympic gold medals for Australia

By Jordan Baker 20/09/2004 05:43:40 AM Comments (0)

Australia's Paralympic team has picked up two gold, three silver and four bronze medals on day two of competition as the cyclists led the way.

Visually impaired cyclist Kieran Modra, a last-minute inclusion in the team, won the country's first gold in the B 1-3 4000m pursuit.

He and pilot Robert Crowe battled for three months to get to the Games after losing their place due to a selection technicality.

"It's more than just a medal, it's the biggest challenge we've ever had," said Crowe.

Cyclist Peter Brooks predicted he would win gold in the amputee class individual pursuit and on Sunday he did just that.

"A lot of people believed in me for the four years since I joined the team, they said you can do it, you can do it," said Brooks.

"But it's really only been in the past 18 months that I've had self belief and I think now it will rub off on the other team members."

At the end of day two of competition, Australia sat ninth on the medal tally with two gold, four silver and five bronze.

Spain led with five gold and 14 medals in total, ahead of Great Britain with five gold and China with four.

Hundreds of Athenians flocked to the Paralympic pool for the first night of the swimming program.

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