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Alex Zanardi wins Paralympics gold

Updated: September 5, 2012, 8:52 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Alex Zanardi just loves to race. But what he really likes to do is win.

The former Formula One driver took the Paralympic gold medal Wednesday in paracycling -- a hand cycle powered by the arms -- at the Brands Hatch race track, posting a time of 24 minutes, 50.22 seconds.

The victory capped an incredible journey for the 45-year-old who almost died in a horrific accident at a 2001 CART race in Germany.

"It's an amazing feeling," a clearly exuberant Zanardi said. ...

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