20 Mar 2016

Tandem cyclists defend world title

1:27 pm on 20 March 2016

New Zealand's tandem para-cyclists Emma Foy and Laura Thompson have defended their World Championship title for the second consecutive year at thePara-Cycling Track World Championships in Italy.

Emma Foy, Laura Thompson and Jono Hailstone.

Emma Foy, Laura Thompson and Jono Hailstone. Photo: Paralympics New Zealand

Foy and her sighted pilot Thompson regained the title by winning the rainbow jersey in the Women's B 3km Pursuit.

The pair rode a strong final to convincingly beat the Japanese tandem of Yurie Kanuma and Mai Tanaka (sighted pilot).

"We are really happy to have defended our World title again this year. This is the first Track World Champs that we have competed at with our new coach Jono Hailstone and we are very pleased with the dynamic we have found as a team," said Foy.

The new Kiwi tandem pairing of Amanda Cameron and Hannah van Kampen (sighted pilot) also competed in the Women's B 3km Pursuit placing 5th.