Aberdeen cyclist Neil Fachie has purged his Paralympics pain by winning double gold in the men’s B 1km time trial and sprint at the Para-cycling Track World Championships in Rio de Janeiro.
Fachie’s kilo victory with new pilot Matt Rotherham in Brazil on Saturday was his 11th world title, with his last two coming ahead of the Rio Games at Montichiari, Italy, in 2016.
Tristan Bangma, of the Netherlands, who inflicted Paralympic misery on the Granite City athlete, had to settle for bronze on Saturday, with Fachie’s Team GB team-mate James Ball in the silver position.
— Neil Fachie MBE (@neilfachie) March 26, 2018
In last night’s sprint, which is not part of the Paralympic programme, Fachie and Rotherham won gold again – the North-east man’s 12th world title.
After winning the men’s B 1km time trial, Fachie said: “I am delighted.
“I feel like it’s retribution for missing out on gold in 2016 at the Paralympics.
“To win it here in the same velodrome, and in a time that would’ve won on that day, is incredible.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work to get back to the top, but it all feels worth it right now.”
Fachie went into the Rio Paralympics as the gold medal-holder after success in 2012 and, after an extended post-Games break, has said he never considered retiring but questioned whether he’d ever get back to his top level again.
At the track worlds in Los Angeles in March last year, he came away with double silver, beaten on both occasions by team-mate Ball.
However, now he has demonstrated he can beat anyone and looks favourite to beat the Welshman in both the kilo and sprint at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, starting April 4.
At Glasgow 2014, Fachie won double gold with Ball’s now-pilot Craig MacLean.