Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi clinched gold medal in Paralympics 2016, it was a special moment as he achieved this feat after 15 years he lost his legs in a motorsport accident. Hand-cyclist Zanardi won the H5 road time-trial In Rio on Wednesday.
Zanardi had also won two golds four years ago at London in H4 time-trial and road race. Former Lotus and Williams driver lost his both legs in 2001 while racing in IndyCar series in America. He crashed into another car at a horrific speed of 320km/h. And both the legs were amputated after the crash.
Zanardi made it to motorsports only two years after the horrific crash, but took up hand cycling in 2007. From then on he has won eight world titles and three paralympic gold medals. In Spite of achieving so much the 49 year old says he's not remarkable from any other athletes.
Zanardi said that, the accident in his life turned out to be his biggest opportunity. He further added, "I had to be helped. That was my number one priority. Day by day I managed to regain control and strength, regain some confidence and concentrate on different things and here I am now."