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Bronze for Foy and Thompson in road race

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/09/2016

Emma Foy celebrates her win. © Getty Images Emma Foy celebrates her win. New Zealand's medal tally at the Paralympics has risen to 20 with a bronze in the women's road cycling race,

Emma Foy, 27, who competes in the visually impaired event with pilot Laura Thompson, finished in a time of 1:59.33, behind the tandems from Ireland and Poland, taking silver and gold respectively.

The New Zealand junior pairing of Amanda Cameron and Hannah van Kampen finished 11th.

The race was delayed and reduced to 70km from 85km but Foy and Thompson coped well and the key point in the race for them was a breakaway from the pack at the 50km mark.

It's the second medal of the competition for the pairing of Foy and Thompson as they won silver in the women's B 3000m individual pursuit on the final day of racing at the Rio velodrome.

The New Zealand Paralympic team have won 20 medals, exceeding the target of 18.

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