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Alex Zanardi claims second gold at Rio Paralympics

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Ex-Formula One driver and CART champion Alex Zanardi has claimed his second gold medal of the 2016 Paralympics in the hand-cycling mixed team relay.

The Italian, part of a three-man team, dominated the H2-H5 mixed relay event in Rio de Janerio on Friday, crossing the line by 47s to win his fourth Paralympic gold medal.

Zanardi was third in rotation and extended Italy's lead over the USA from 13 to 21 seconds, before preserving a 40s gap during his second handover and securing the team's commanding victory in his final stint.

The 49-year-old took gold in Wednesday's time trial and also won silver in Thursday's sprint road race, on the 15-year anniversary of his horrific CART crash at the Lausitzring, which resulted in the amputation of both of his legs.

Adding to the two golds and one silver he achieved at London 2012, Zanardi has now accumulated six medals in his Paralympic career.