'Can't believe it': Aussie fights back tears after crushing world record

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Paige Greco (pictured right) fighting back tears during an interview and (pictured left) winning gold at the Paralympics.
Paige Greco (pictured right) held back tears after breaking her world record and winning a gold medal at the Paralympics. (Images: Getty Images/Channel 7)

Aussie cyclist Paige Greco claimed Australia's first gold medal at the Paralympics in remarkable fashion after smashing her own world record by nearly 10 seconds.

Greco proved she was the woman to beat in the C1-3 3000m individual pursuit after shaving more than seven seconds off her world record time in qualifying.

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She then went one better in the final against China’s Xiaomei Wang.

Greco shaved more than two seconds off her time after she posted 3:50.815 to win the gold medal.

The gold medalist spoke to Channel 7 after the race and fought back tears in beautiful scenes.

'Sorry, I'm just so happy," Greco said as she wiped away tears.

"I can't believe we did it. It was a good race, I still can't believe it."

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"Yeah, I thank the team, my coach, the support is just amazing.

"My family and friends, I wouldn't be here without them."

Fans went wild over the world record and the first gold for Australia at the Paralympics in Tokyo.

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Australia claim two gold in cycling

Not long after Australia claimed its second gold medal of the Paralympics when Emily Petricola lapped American rival Shawn Morelli to take out the C4 3000m pursuit.

The Australian made a shaky start against Morelli and looked in trouble when she was .951 of a second down after the first lap.

But the 41-year-old from Queensland, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 14 years ago, then dominated their ride-off and caught Morelli well inside the last kilometre.

Emily Petricola (pictured) after winning Gold in the Women's C4 3000m Individual Pursuit at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan.
Emily Petricola (pictured) after winning Gold in the Women's C4 3000m Individual Pursuit at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan. (Photo by Tim Goode/PA Images via Getty Images)

Petricola also broke her own world record when she qualified fastest in 3:38.061.

Lemon trailled early against Keely and could not pull back the deficit, losing by more than a second.

All three Australians are making their Paralympic debuts while Greco and Petricola came into the Games as defending world champions in their individual pursuit categories.

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