Former Indy car and F1 star Alex Zanardi has won his fourth Paralympic medal, taking victory in the hand-cycling time trial event in Rio.

Zanardi won the gold medal in the 20km course, beating the closest of his nine rivals by 2.7 seconds.

The success comes a day ahead of the 15th anniversary of the accident in which he lost both his legs during a CART race at Lausitzring.

Zanardi won the CART title twice, in 1997 and 1998, and also has 41 grand prix starts to his name.

The 49-year-old Italian had won three medals - two golds and a silver - in the previous Paralympic Games in London.


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