A young paracyclist aiming for the world record for the women’s C4 flying 200m has been denied her chance for the second time - because the invited doping testers did not attend.
Lauren Booth, 13, from Chippenham, already broke the flying 200m record at the Wales National Velodrome with a time of 15.129 seconds in 2013 - but was ineligible for the title as she was only 12 at the time.
This weekend she beat her own PB in the same race to finish in 14.402 seconds - but her victory is only considered a ‘world best’ rather than a record as the anti-doping testers were not present.
She told This is Wiltshire: “I was really happy with how I did but just a little bit disappointed about the doping control.”
The teenager suffered from meningitis as a baby and defied doctors by even managing to walk. She already holds the national records in the 500m time trial and 2km pursuit.
As a result of that illness, Lauren lost her hearing in one ear and the parts of her brain associated with memory and speech were also damaged. She also suffers from cerebral palsy, which affects her left arm and leg.
Her mother Lisajayne said: “It was an international event and we were expecting the dope-testing people but it wasn’t to be – she’ll have to try and do it next time.
“All of the coaches and the right people were there, so people still got to see her get the world record time.”
At road.cc we’ve been following Lauren’s progress since she was 10 years old, when to celebrate her 10th birthday and to thank the Meningitis Trust which celebrated its 25th anniversary she completed a 25 mile ride sponsored ride.
The week before her ride Lauren received a surprise; a signed jersey arrived in the post from the GB para-cycling team - she raised £3,000 for charity that day, and clearly she has been inspired to go on to ever bigger things.
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.