Oksana Masters earned her 10th Paralympic medal on Wednesday at Fuji International Speedway. (Photo: Casey B. Gibson/USOPC)
TOKYO - Oksana Masters (Louisville, Kentucky) and Alicia Dana (Putney, Vermont) each brought home medals for Team USA on the second day of road racing from Fuji International Speedway. Masters won gold in consecutive days by dominating the women’s H5 classification (2:23:39). Now a 10-time Paralympic medalist, today’s event was Masters first win in a major road race competition.
Alicia Dana claimed the bronze medal with a 56:24 mark in the women’s H1-4 road race during the morning session. This third-place finish marks Dana’s second career Paralympic medal, including a silver in the same event at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016.
Team USA riders Ryan Pinney, Tom Davis and Freddie de los Santos also rode the circuit today, all putting up gutsy performances to the tune of fourth, fifth and sixth place finishes.
Road cycling continues Thursday, Sept. 2 from Fuji International Speedway.
I feel so happy in the sense that I medaled, and I feel slightly disappointed that it wasn’t a little better. But overall, I feel safe. The course was fun, and there were some really fast downhills and very hard uphills.
Yesterday, my chain broke, which was disappointing. But, today was a little bit of redemption. My competition was strong, and I am proud to have hung with them.
I can’t believe it. I’ve never won a road race in my life, and didn’t think I’d win a road race in my life. I just feel like I’m on cloud nine right now. I was so nervous. I did not trust myself. The minute that clock went, my body went on autopilot. It just doesn’t seem real.
I wanted to prove to myself that it wasn’t a one-off, it wasn’t a fluke, it wasn’t an accident. I’m growing as a cyclist, and I’m making the changes I needed to. I just can’t wait to go from this moment and see where it takes me.
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