Zanardi celebrates his narrow win at the New York Marathon

More fantastic news to report for Alessandro Zanardi today, with the Italian winning his Handcycle class of the gruelling New York Marathon.

Four years after the former racer first attempted the famous race (in which he finished fourth after just four weeks of training!), Zanardi returned to triumph by just two seconds at the finish line.

The former double CART champion, Formula 1 driver and four-time race-winner in the World Touring Car Championship beat a field of 93 competitors in the Handcycle class (three-wheeled cycles pedalled by hand) with a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 58 seconds.

Zanardi suffered a catastrophic double amputation after a terrifying crash at the Lausitzring CART race in 2001, but incredibly recovered to compete full-time in the WTCC with BMW from 2005-9.

After retiring from touring car competition, the 45-year-old switched to wheelchair athletics, and is now on track to qualify for next year’s London Paralympic Games.

[Image via Fox Sports]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.