Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
LONDON

Paralympics: Gold for former Formula One driver Zanardi

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(ANSA) - London, September 5 - Former Formula One driver
Alex Zanardi won Italy's fifth gold medal Wednesday in the
individual handcycling time-trial in the H4 class at the London
Paralympics.
Zanardi, who lost both legs in a horrifying auto crash in
Germany in 2001, won with a time of 12 minutes 11.13 seconds on
the 16km course, beating Germany's Norbert Mosandl by fully 27
seconds.
Zanardi drove for Formula One teams in the early and
mid-1990s and won two championship titles in the American CART
series - formerly known as Indycar - in 1997 and 1998.
The 45-year-old went to the 2012 London Games with a
positive attitude.
"For a brief moment I found myself thinking of all the
things I've done," Zanardi said on his Twitter feed before
leaving for London .
"I'm a lucky boy!"
His win Wednesday came at the iconic Brands Hatch - the
same venue where he first competed as a young Formula 3000
driver 21 years ago.
Earlier Wednesday, Italy claimed its fourth gold medal at
the Paralympics when after Assunta Legnante set a new world
record in the women's F11/12 shot put final.
Legnante - nicknamed "little cannon" for the power of her
arms - set a new world record with a throw of 16.74m, while Tang
Hongxia of China won silver with a throw reaching 12.47m.
Tang's Chinese teammate Zhang Liangmin took the silver with
her throw of 11.07m.
On Monday, Italy's Oscar De Pellegrin won the gold medal in
archery, to take the country's third gold medal in this summer's
Paralympics.
De Pellegrin, Italy's flag-carrier at the opening ceremony,
squeezed out Malaysian competitor Hasihin Sanawi 6-5 in the
final of the men's individual recurve W1/W2 event to scoop
Italy's third gold medal
Swimmer Cecilia Camellini took Italy's other golds in
London with victories in the women's 100m and 50m freestyle
events in the S11 category.
De Pellegrin has one gold and four bronze medals from past
Paralympics.

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