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Zanardi takes second gold of Rio Paralympics in hand-cycling team relay

2016 Rio Paralympics - Day 8

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 15: Alessandro Zanardi of Italy competes in the Men’s Road Race H5 on day 8 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Pontal on September 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

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Alex Zanardi picked up his second gold medal of the Rio Paralympic Games on Friday in the hand-cycling mixed team relay race.

Two-time CART champion and ex-Formula 1 driver Zanardi arrived in Rio hopeful of adding to his haul from the London games in 2012 where he won two gold medals and one silver.

Zanardi won his first gold in the H5 time trial on Wednesday before taking silver on Thursday in the road race.

The silver medal came on the 15th anniversary of the crash at the Lausitzring in Germany that saw Zanardi lose both his legs.

On Friday, Zanardi added to his Rio medal haul by completing the final stint of the mixed team relay for the H2 to H5 classes, adding to Italy’s tally.

Racing alongside Vittorio Podesta and Luca Mazzone, Zanardi crossed the line with a 47-second advantage over the American trio of William Lachenauer, William Groulx and Oscar Sanchez. Belgium took bronze, finishing a further 41 seconds behind.

Zanardi now has six Paralympic medals to his name, four of which are gold and three of which have been claimed in Rio.