Para-cycling champs making final push for Rio

  • 24/03/2016
Laura Thompson and Emma Foy (Photosport file)
Laura Thompson and Emma Foy (Photosport file)

Fresh of their UCI track world championship defence in Italy, Kiwi para-cycling duo Emma Foy and sighted pilot Laura Thompson are looking good for the Rio Paralympics.

Foy and Thompson retained the rainbow jersey for a second consecutive year in the women's B 3km pursuit after beating Japan's Yurie Kanuma and sighted pilot Mai Tanaka by five seconds.

Thompson said it had been a difficult year but despite a number of obstacles to overcome, they continue to improve.

"With this year it's probably been a little bit more difficult, we've had a new bike and a new coach and I had a crash at the nationals in January so we have had a few things to overcome," Thompson said.

"Work ethic is what does it. Just being consistent and persevering and always setting our own targets and always trying to get faster."

Foy said the performances had been a big confidence boost ahead of their push for Rio.

"We have a good plan so we have stepping stones we want to hit and I think just maintain our consistency and taking one step at a time," Foy said.