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2nd Dec 2019

Ball wins in style in Manchester

Welsh rider James Ball and Matt Rotherham recorded one of the fastest tandem kilos in history as they won the men’s title on day 1 of the Manchester Para-cycling International.

The duo recorded a time of 59.495 – just over two tenths of a second outside of the world record – to claim victory on Friday 29th November.

Ball from Ponthir, South Wales and his pilot Rotherham finished ahead of compatriots Neil Fachie and Lewis Stewart, who clocked 1:00.759 to win silver, while bronze went to Dutch Paralympic champion Tristan Bangma and his pilot Patrick Bos.

Afterwards, Matt Rotherham said:

“59.4 is an incredible ride – I think it’s something like the third or fourth best ever, so it’s well up there. The kilo is super hard – it never gets easier, you just get faster! It hurt, but it was good.”

Performance Manager Anthony Hughes said, “I always knew James was destined for a fantastic career in Paralympic Sport. I took James to his First British Junior Championships at the age of thirteen and knew he was something special. He dominated the British Junior Athletics Championships winning 3 Gold Medals that weekend in Blackpool. We Joked in Rio at the 2016 Paralympic Games that Tokyo would be his time to shine. He modestly said let’s see I Have to get there first. What a great performance on Friday and lets hope that form can continue into 2020."

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