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Three British paracycling athletes had their silver medals, which they had won at the world championships, stolen during a robbery in Rio de Janeiro.
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Three British paracycling athletes had their silver medals, which they had won at the world championships, stolen during a robbery in Rio de Janeiro.

Three cyclists from the British para-cycling track team were the victims of a mugging in Rio de Janeiro after the first day of the world championships. Their silver medals and personal belongings were stolen.

Lora and Neil Fachie, along with pilot Corinne Hall, who are two-time Paralympic gold medalists, were not injured but were left feeling disturbed after the occurrence while returning to their lodging in the Brazilian city.

Neil Fachie shared on X: “Tonight in Rio, we were robbed and will not be able to answer calls for a brief period of time. Fortunately, everyone is safe, despite the traumatic experience. Our passports, credit cards, some money, and our silver medals were taken. A disappointing way to end the day.”

The married couple earned second place medals with the help of pilots Hall and Matt Rotherham in the tandem team sprint, coming in behind Italy on Wednesday. In a statement, British Cycling announced that they are standing behind the impacted athletes and have brought the issue to the attention of the appropriate authorities.

British Cycling has announced that the riders are all safe and receiving assistance from our team both on location and from home. We have also brought attention to the issue with the UCI, the local organizers, and law enforcement.

In 2012 and 2020, Neil Fachie achieved gold in men’s tandem at the Paralympic Games. Lora Fachie also earned gold in both individual pursuit events at the Rio and Tokyo Paralympics, with her most recent win being alongside Hall. Despite both being visually impaired, the couple managed to break world records and secure gold medals in just one hour at the 2021 Tokyo Games.

Source: theguardian.com