Allison Jones Continues London Success, This Time On The Road
American Allison Jones joined a very short list (one) of U.S. female athletes to take the top spot in both winter and summer Games. Jones, who took top billing in ski competition in 2006 in Turin, added a C1-3 individual time trial title to her resume on Wednesday. Jones had already achieved a third place finish in London inside the velodrome in the C1-3 individual pursuit. Additionally, she placed third in the Women’s C1-3 Individual Road Race on Day 8 of competition in London.
With her victory in the women’s C1-3 individual road time-trial, Jones joined Alana Nichols as the only other American female to accomplish top finishes in winter and summer Games. Nichols previous won as a wheelchair basketball player.
Her time of 28 minutes, 17.47 seconds was enough to hold off Tereza Diepoldova of the Czech Republic for the top spot on the podium of the women’s individual C1-3 time trial. In the women’s C1-3 individual road race, Jones couldn’t out-ride China’s Sini Zeng who took first place. German’s Denise Schindler, the rider Jones beat in the third place C1-3 individual pursuit race inside the velodrome on Day 1 of competition, edged her out for second place.
“It feels amazing,” Jones said. “All I knew is I wanted to go fast, and I did. I did the race that I wanted to do and executed perfectly. I lost out on the (time) factor in ’08. So this year to … actually win it, oh, that was four years coming, man.”
In related cycling news, Andrea Eskau of Germany won both the cycling time trial and road race in the H4 classification. Furthermore, Karen Darke of Australia placed second in the H1-2 women’s time trial event. Austrian Wolfgang Schattauer also placed third on the men’s side of both the H1 Road Race and Time Trial events.
Congratulations to Jones, Eskau, Darke and Schattauer on their dominance on the roads of London!