Greco claims third Para cycling medal

Paige Greco has won bronze in the women's C1-3 road race to take a third medal at the Para Games.
Paige Greco has won bronze in the women's C1-3 road race to take a third medal at the Para Games.

Paige Greco has capped the Australian Paralympic cycling team's outstanding Tokyo campaign with her third medal.

In her debut Paralympics, the 24-year-old from Adelaide claimed bronze in the C1-3 road race after winning bronze in the time trial and gold on the track in the individual pursuit.

Japan's Keiko Sugiura comfortably won gold on Friday with a bunch sprint determining the silver, bronze and fourth placings.

Greco, 24, was beaten by Sweden's Anna Beck but nudged out China's Wang Xiaomei in the photo finish.

"I knew it would probably come down to a sprint finish," Greco said.

"I knew one of the girls was behind me, I didn't know both of them (Beck and Wang) were. It was super close."

Australia shone in cycling at Tokyo with 13 medals, including four gold.

"I'm very happy to be on the podium again and for all my races in my first Paralympics," Greco said.

"It's been an amazing Games and I never want to forget it."

But it was not all smooth going for Australian cyclists on Friday, with Alistair Donohoe again falling foul of his nemesis Yehor Dementyev.

After the Ukrainian rode him into the barriers at the end of the road race in Rio, Dementyev went down again in Friday's wet conditions at Fuji International Raceway during the C4-5 road race.

Donohoe could not avoid Dementyev, also crashing, and then fell by himself shortly after as he tried to rejoin the race.

The Australian finished fifth and Dementyev won silver.

Donohoe was in tears at the finish after losing friend Will Georgeson in June.

"Will battled depression for many years and for me ... I think I've not grieved properly," he said.

"I've got a tattoo in remembrance of him and I wanted to commemorate him with this race and I wanted to do it with a win, but I know that it actually doesn't matter, the result.

"Now that the Games are over I can really appreciate Will for who he was and hope that I can support anyone that's battling depression silently."

Meanwhile, Australian cycling great Carole Cooke is expected to stay in hospital for up to a week as she recovers from the punctured lung suffered in a crash during Thursday's T1-2 road race.

"I can breathe normally and it doesn't hurt," said 60-year-old Cooke.

It means Cooke will not return to Australia next week with the rest of the team.

Cooke coaches South African Toni Mould, who was on the receiving end of great sportsmanship from Australian Stuart Jones during Thursday's racing.

Their races had started at different times, but Mould struggled and as Jones passed her near the finish, he offered encouragement in a much-lauded act of sportsmanship.

"Toni messaged me from the airport and said 'your teammate did something for me today that I will never ever forget and I just wish we could have finished together," said Cooke.

"I'm so proud of Stu and of her because this is what the Paralympic Games is about."

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