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Elk Grove cyclist Jamie Whitmore wins Paralympic silver in Rio

Jamie Whitmore of Elk Grove, competing in her first Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, won the silver medal in the C1-2-3 3,000-meter individual pursuit Friday morning at the Velodrome, losing to Great Britain world-record holder Megan Giglia.

Whitmore, who only has three years of experience in track cycling, fell during the pursuit and was lapped by the gold medalist.

“To be here is amazing. From all the doctors who helped save my life, to all the people who have been on this journey with me, it’s not just me, it’s all of them,” Whitmore told reporters. “For me, I am so over the moon with silver. To get a silver in something that is hard for me makes me ecstatic.”

Bee sports staff