Great Paralympic moments: Alex Zanardi wins handcycling gold at London 2012

Alessandro Zanardi of Italy celebrates with his gold medal after winning the Men's Individual H4 Road Race at the London 2012 Paralympic Games (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Alessandro Zanardi of Italy celebrates with his gold medal after winning the Men's Individual H4 Road Race at the London 2012 Paralympic Games (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

With Tokyo 2020 now just one year away, it’s time to relive some of the greatest Paralympic moments of the decade. Today, 27 August 2020, the emotional victory of an Italian ex-Formula 1 driver.

The schedule for Tokyo 2020 has been confirmed, venues announced and while athletes around the world are busy gearing up to qualify for the greatest show on Earth, it's time to enjoy 13 days full of the most unforgettable, inspiring and exciting moments from the past as preparations for Tokyo 2020 gather pace!

Former Formula 1 driver wins gold on Brands Hatch

Alex Zanardi was a star Formula 1 driver when he lost his legs in a 2001 crash. On 5 September 2012 - 21 years after he last raced in Formula 3000 at the same venue, Brands Hatch - Zanardi won a Paralympic Games gold medal. The Italian beat Germany's Nobert Mosandl by more than 27 seconds to win the men's handcycle time trial.

The image of Zanardi sitting on the finish line, with his carbon-fiber racing bike in one hand and making a triumphant fist with the other, quickly became one of the most iconic images of the Games.

Greatest Paralympic Moments: Alex Zanardi, London 2012