Jason Niblett strikes two gold medals

JASON Niblett’s return to the track has resulted in not one, but two gold medals.

After piloting seven-time Paralympian Kieran Modra to victory in the Subaru 2014 Para-cycling Track National Championship men’s tandem one-kilometre time trial on Thursday last week, the pair produced an even better performance to win a second gold medal the following day. 

The former Horsham cyclist and Modra proceeded to take out gold in the 200-metre tandem sprint, recording a blistering qualifying time of 10.16 seconds.

“That was probably the better result,” Niblett said.

“It’s the first time we’ve been in competition, so each event was new to us.

“We were about one-tenth off the world record I think, so we were pretty pleased with our time.”

Niblett, a 2010 Commonwealth Games team sprint gold medallist, retired earlier this year after a lengthy national career and immediately made the move into coaching at South Australian Sports Institute.

But he has been training with Modra for more than six months, in conjunction with his coaching commitments.

“I’d been coaching and competing the day before and coaching the day of the event,” Niblett said.

Niblett said the next step would be qualifying for April’s Para-cycling Track World Championship in Mexico and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July.

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