Katie George Dunlevy and Linda Kelly made history on Friday when they became the first Irish tandem to win gold at the Para-cycling World Championships. The pair stormed to victory in the Women's B Time Trial, finishing 15 seconds clear of their nearest rivals.
Dunlevy and Kelly have been one of the most successful tandems in the world in recent years, winning multiple medals at the World Cups and the European Championships. However, this was their first time competing at the World Championships, and they were determined to make their mark.
They started the race well and quickly built up a lead over the rest of the field. Dunlevy's power and Kelly's technical skills were in perfect harmony, and they never looked like being caught.
In the end, they crossed the finish line in a time of 36 minutes 53 seconds, more than 15 seconds ahead of the second-placed team from the Netherlands. It was a truly dominant performance, and one that will be remembered for many years to come.
Dunlevy and Kelly's victory is a huge boost for Irish para-cycling. They have shown that they are among the best in the world, and they will be hoping to build on this success at the Paralympic Games in Paris next year.
This is a golden era for Irish para-cycling, and Dunlevy and Kelly are just two of the many talented athletes who are making their mark on the world stage. In addition to Dunlevy and Kelly's gold medal, there were also several other Irish successes at the World Championships. Lucy Benezet Minns finished fourth in the Junior Women's Time Trial.