Katie George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal confirmed their status as the best tandem duty in the world as they stormed home to win gold for Ireland at the Fuji International Speedway.
The Irish pair showed incredible speed and endurance throughout their women’s B time trial event as they saw off all comers to clinch a famous victory and retain the gold medal that they won in Rio in 2016. It is the pair's second medal of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, adding to silver which they won in the B 3000m individual pursuit.
"It means the world to me, working for five years towards this," said Katie George Dunlevy.
"We wanted to come here and retain the title but really wanted to get the best out of ourselves and have a good ride and hope that would give us a medal and then a gold medal.
"We heard on the first lap that we were up and we were just moving the bike together. That was the ride of our lives to get that – we were just moving as one. I felt before, warming up, had a feeling warming up that I was going to fight for the win and we did it.
"Just for kids or adults at home with a visual impairment, our success today shows that you can do anything you want to do. There is nothing you can’t do. This might inspire them and I know it gives pride to the people at home and just uplift people after two of the pandemic."
They've done it again! Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal win the WB Time Trial Gold!pic.twitter.com/LndbP14Dmb
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Eve McCrystal said: "When we got silver at the World Champs, I lost that for us on technical ability. So today I was a little bit worried with the technical aspects of this course – I prefer a power pan flat course.
"Today was different over and under course. I went around with Neil the last two days and I knew what to do. I just needed to execute that. It flowed really, really well."