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Alex Zanardi Brands Hatch success voted number one moment of Paralympics

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 January 2013

Italy's Alessandro Zanardi celebrates winning gold Medal in the men's individual road race at Brands Hatch, during the Paralympic Games

Italy's Alessandro Zanardi celebrates winning gold Medal in the men's individual road race at Brands Hatch, during the Paralympic Games

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The triumph of Formula 1 racing driver turned Paralympic gold medallist Alex Zanardi at Brands Hatch has been voted as the number one moment of the 2012 Paralympic Games by the International Paralympic Committee.

Zanardi secured two gold medals and one silver during the road cycling competition at Brands Hatch, and images of him raising his handcycle aloft in victory were beamed around the world to millions of viewers.

The former-F1 driver was critically injured in a CART crash in Germany in 2001 which saw him lose both legs at the knee.

Speaking to the Reporter prior to the race, Zanardi said: “If you had asked me a few years ago about taking part in the Paralympics I would have asked you what you were on. In my career I have done many things but nothing like this.

“I have got so far in this new life of mine that the things I like now are strongly related to my condition. It would be hard to go back. If a genie came up and granted me my legs back for sure I would take them but it would take some time to accept.”

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