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Paralympic champ is injured in cycle crash

A gold medal-winning Paralympic cyclist has been seriously hurt in a road accident while riding his bike.

Simon Richardson (44), who won two gold medals and a silver at the 2008 Beijing games, was cycling near Bridgend in Wales when he was apparently struck by a white van and thrown to the side of the road.

He was taken to the University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff, via air ambulance where he is undergoing treatment for multiple injuries.

His wife said he is in a "critical but stable condition".

In 2001 Mr Richardson, of Porthcawl, was seriously injured in a cycling incident with a car while out with friends from a cycling club.

It left him with serious leg and back injuries and no feeling down his left side.

He continued to cycle after doctors recommended it would aid his rehabilitation - using a specially adapted bike powered only by his right leg.

He won Britain's first gold at Beijing in the LC3/4 1km time trial and received the MBE in 2009. A 59-year-old man has been arrested.

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