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Former F1 driver Zanardi wins gold at Paralympics

  • Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi, who lost his legs in a crash in 2001, won the gold medal at the Paralympic men's individual H4 handcycling time trial on Wednesday.

    The 45-year-old Italian secured the title over the 16-km course in 24 minutes, 50.22 seconds.

    Zanardi finished 27 seconds ahead of German Norbert Mosandl while Oscar Sanchez of the USA settled for the bronze.

    Zanardi had both legs amputated above the knee after crashing in the Champ Car series in 2001.

    He was leading a race at the Lausitz track in Germany when he lost control in the final laps with Canadian driver Alex Tagliani running into him at more than 220 mph.