Podium finish greets SASI stars at world titles

08 Aug 2018

THE pressure and intensity of top-level competition took another step up for five SASI athletes who competed in the Australian team at the recent 2018 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championshipss in Maniago, Italy.

Meg Lemon and Darren Hicks returned similar results to each grab a share of a podium finish with Lemon earning a bronze medal in the Women's C4 Time Trial and Hicks snaring his bronze in the Men's C2 Road race (68km).

Lemon also was fourth in her road race, while Hicks was fourth in the men's time trial.

Tandem pairing Lachlan Glasspool (pilot) and Kieran Murphy finishind ninth in the Men's B Time Trial and had mechanical issues in the road race, while hand cyclist Grant Allen had a couple of crashes in the road race and was eighth in the road race.

SASI Para-cycling coach Loz Shaw said it was a solid effort from the team, particularly for Lemon and Hicks.

"They both had strong campaigns and were up against strong fields," Shaw said.

"That was around the mark where they probably needed to be. As we get closer to Tokyo (Olympics) the pressure will go up and get harder.

"Leading into the world championships the level just lifted up.

"It is all looking good at this stage."

Hicks said the level of competition was very high.

"I really liked the course and had quite high hopes for both races," Hicks said.

"Unfortunately you just can't assume you have done enough in prep though because everyone steps their game up at a world champs and the competition was extremely tough.

"Meg and I both set multiple PBs in both races so with that in mind we are satisfied with our results, although noting less than a world championship was the goal.

"It just shows that there is still always more work to be done before we can be the best.

"My next race is the track nationals in December, while Meg has the last round of the World Cup in Canada (soon)."

Another SASI athlete Darcy Thompson did not compete at the world championships and will focus on the track nationals in Melbourne in December.

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