Jaco van Gass wins men's C3 3000 metres individual pursuit at Tokyo Paralympics
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Jaco Van Gass Adds To Tokyo Paralympics Medal Haul

The former paratrooper has won bronze in the men's C1-3 1,000m Time Trial, adding to the gold he won earlier in the competition.

Jaco van Gass wins men's C3 3000 metres individual pursuit at Tokyo Paralympics

British Army veteran Jaco van Gass has won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Paralympics – his second medal of the games.

He finished third in the C1-3 1,000m Time Trial, adding to the gold he won earlier in the competition in the C3 3,000m Individual Pursuit.

The former paratrooper also broke the world record while qualifying for the Individual Pursuit final.

Prior to the Paralympics, van Gass told Forces News: "I can't stand here wanting to go to the Paralympics and not think about medals.

"My focus is very much on the individual pursuit and the road race.

"Those are the two that I want a medal, coming back, around my neck."

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The former Paratrooper's time in the kilo time trial over 1000m clocked in at 1 minute 5.56 seconds

It was over half a second quicker than the previous world record in the C3 category meaning a second world record in as many days for van Gass.

However, it would only be enough for bronze.

The time trial included the C1 and C2 categories for athletes with a higher level of disability.

Meaning Li Jan Chu of China, who won the event, had a faster adjusted time while France's Alexander Loet took the silver medal in a similar circumstance.

Cover image: Jaco van Gass (Picture: PA/Alamy).