Mark Rohan has secured Ireland’s seventh gold medal of the London2012 Paralympic Games by winning the Men’s H1 Individual road race over 48km at Brands Hatch this morning, this his second Gold after winning the time trail on Wednesday.
Rohan clocked a time of 1:33:57 to take the gold by less than a second over second placed Tobias Fankhauser with Wolfgang Scattauer back in bronze medal position.
As one of three current world champions in the Irish Paracycling squad, Mark (Ballinahown, Westmeath) is one of Ireland’s most successful and well-known Paralympic athletes.
He enjoyed an incredible season last year, becoming the first cyclist to win six World Cup events in row when finishing first in 2011′s UCI Paracycling World Cup Series. This impressive achievement was crowned when he claimed two golds (Time Trial and Road Race) at September’s UCI World Paracycling Road Championships in Denmark.
These wins resulted in Mark being named as the International Paralympic Committee’s Athlete of the Month award for September 2011, receiving 74% of the vote.
The Westmeath man was involved heavily in competitive sport, playing football for Castledaly and Westmeath at U-21 level, when he was paralysed from the chest down in a motorbike accident in 2001. After spending six months in rehabilitation, Mark returned to sporting action via wheelchair basketball. He played from 2005 to 2009, when he made the transition to handcycling.
Its a silver medal for Catherine O’Neill in the F51/52/53 Discus final, amazing for the Irish Paralympian.
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