Muffy Davis won her second gold medal of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Friday.
BRANDS HATCH, England – American cyclists Marianna “Muffy” Davis (Sun Valley, Idaho) and Monica Bascio (Ridgewood, N.J.) each collected their second road cycling medals of these Games after finishing first and second in today’s individual H 1-3 road race from Brand’s Hatch.
Davis finished her Friday action with a time of 1:41.34 while Davis crossed the line at 1:42.07. Great Britain’s Rachel Morris was third with a time of 1:43.08.
This is Davis’ second gold medal of the London Games and Bascio’s second silver. Davis won the individual H 1-2 time trial and Bascio finished took silver in the H3 time trial, both of those races were on Wednesday.
The 1-2 finish by the Americans today now takes the overall U.S. road cycling medal total to 11, second only to Germany who currently has 12. The U.S. also picked up an additional five medals at the track cycling competition earlier in the Games.
Davis and Bascio both had hopes of medaling in today’s event and knew they would have to work together if they were going to reach their goals.
"It was awesome. It was a hard course, six laps, we were tired, but fortunately [Monica and I] had to work together and it worked out well. Our goal was two on the podium today, so we got it,” said Davis of the 48km race.
Bascio was also pleased with how the race went and was extremely proud to land on the medal stand with her teammate.
"I couldn't be prouder. I'm so happy to be on a team with Muffy, she works so dang hard all season, and really just shows the field what it's like to be elite," said Bascio.
Today’s race marked the end of Bascio’s events in London which now allows her a few days to unwind before heading home, but Davis still has one more race to go, tomorrow’s mixed H1-4 team relay, another event she hopes to medal in.
"I have one more race, the relay (mixed H1-4 team relay) tomorrow, so after the third (medal) then I'll celebrate. But I've still got to focus and work, still one more race to go," said Davis.