Zanardi wins Handcycle class at New York Marathon
7 November 2011 – Alex Zanardi has added another sporting accolade to his already long list of achievements by winning the Handcycle class at the New York Marathon.
Ahead of 92 other participants in the Handcycle category, involving hand-operated tricycles, Zanardi narrowly won from Poland’s Rafal Wilk after a tightly-contested one hour, 13 minutes and 58 seconds.
“My mission for this season was to accumulate points to qualify for the Paralympic Games of London 2012,” the 45-year-old Italian explains on his website.
The former double CART Champion lost both legs in an horrific accident at Germany’s Lausitzring in September 2001, amazingly recovering and having since won four World Touring Car races with the help of hand controls.
Zanardi spent two separate stints in Formula 1, first with Jordan, Minardi and Lotus between 1991 and 1994 before returning for a sole season with Williams in 1999.