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Craig MacLean

(Pilot for James Ball)

Before converting to the track MacLean had competed as a BMX racer but switched to the boards in 1995. Craig had a successful career as a non-disabled sprinter on the track, winning Olympic silver in the team sprint at Sydney 2000, alongside Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Queally.

After Sydney 2000 he continued on and competed at Athens 2004, before sustaining a back injury in 2007 and retiring the following year.

In 2010 he returned to the world stage, riding as a pilot for Neil Fachie as the pair won double gold at the World Championships, before MacLean repeated the trick the following year with Anthony Kappes.

Later that year he won tandem B sprint gold at the London Paralympic Games and he was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list.

In 2014 he re-forged his partnership with fellow Scot Fachie, going on to win two more gold medals at the Newport Para-cycling international last year.

In 2016 MacLean was partnered with recent athletics convert James Ball and together they won bronze at the UCI Para-cycling World Championships in Italy.

Major results

2012 London Paralympic Games
Tandem B sprint (pilot to Anthony Kappes)
2016 UCI Para-cycling World Championships, Montichiari, Italy
Tandem B sprint (pilot to James Ball)
2000 Olympic Games
Team sprint (with Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Queally)

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