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Schedule, medal tally, results, times, how to watch, events

Australia got its Paralympics campaign off to the best possible start with two gold medals within 15 minutes on the opening day of cycling in the velodrome.

Paige Greco had a comfortable win in the C-3 3000m individual pursuit before 41-year-old Emily Petricola stunned everyone by lapping her American opponent with three laps remaining.

The emotion was too much for Petricola, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her late 20s and suffered debilitating symptoms including fatigue, loss of sight, tremors and numbness throughout her body.

Emily Petricola, left, and Paige Greco enjoy a special gold medal moment.Credit:AP

Life hasn’t been smooth-sailing for Petricola, with regular MS attacks rendering her unable to go about her daily life as she would like.

Six years ago, two-time Olympian Matt Ryan, a friend of Petricola’s, encouraged her to touch base with five-time Olympic cyclist…

Read more at www.smh.com.au

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