Afghanistan war veteran Jaco van Gass wins cycling gold for ParalympicsGB

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  • Van Gass lost his left arm in Taliban grenade attack in 2009
  • Fin Graham takes silver for British one-two at Izu Velodrome

Jaco van Gass, an Afghanistan veteran who lost his left arm in a Taliban grenade attack in 2009, stormed to Paralympic gold with a record-breaking performance in the men’s C3 3000m individual pursuit at the Izu Velodrome.

The South Africa-born Van Gass broke the world record in qualifying for the final then held off his ParalympicsGB teammate Fin Graham to take Britain’s second cycling gold of these Games, after Sarah Storey’s triumph on Wednesday.

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