Even in recent days in Tokyo, the tremors returned for Petricola. The result? A world record in her qualifying
“In all seriousness, I wouldn’t have made it to the start line today and definitely wouldn’t have been able to perform if it wasn’t for the support staff,” Petricola said.
As for Greco, she smashed Chinese opponent Xiaomei Wang by more than four seconds in her final across her 3000m, finishing in a time of 3:50.815.
Earlier in the day, Greco, who was born with right hemiplegic cerebral palsy, beat her world record from the 2019 world championships by more than eight seconds.
Her achievement is made all the more impressive by the fact she switched from para-athletics to cycling in recent years.
“I used to love athletics and I never wanted to give cycling a go,” Greco said. “I’d been told that I’d be good at it and I should give it a go, but I didn’t want to at the time. I wasn’t too keen on cycling but I’m so glad I gave it a go. And then when I gave it a go, I loved it.
“It means the world to me. I think about all the training sessions and everyone that has helped me get me here, all the staff and my coach and family. I get teary just thinking about it. It means so much and I owe it all to them.”
The Australian team has a couple of big gold medal chances in the men’s C3 3000m individual pursuit on Thursday, with Darren Hicks and Nicholas David vying for medals.