Former Olympian may head to Paralympics

Former Olympian may head to Paralympics

MARK Jamieson is on the verge of becoming Tasmania's third London Paralympian and joining a select group to have represented their country at both the Olympics and Paralympics.

The former track world champion looks set to qualify as the sighted tandem partner for blind Queensland cyclist Bryce Lindores.

At the UCI para-cycling road world cup in Rome this week, Lindores and Jamieson finished 11th in the 18.8 kilometre road time trial and 17th in the 100km time trial.

The results were not as impressive as those the pair achieved on the track, where they are likely to contest the 4km individual pursuit, an event in which Lindores is the reigning world champion.

The 25-year-old lost his sight days before his 18th birthday when the rope towing a friend's car snapped and hit him in the head.

Two years later he took up cycling and within six months had won a world championship bronze medal.

At the 2008 Paralympic Games, Lindores won bronze in the individual pursuit with pilot Steven George and has since claimed gold at the 2010 road world cup, bronze in the 4km individual pursuit at the 2011 world track championships piloted by Sean Finning and gold a year later.

Former Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder Jamieson, of Nook, who turned 28 earlier this month, began cycling internationally in 2001, won a junior world title in the 2002 individual pursuit and graduated to a senior teams pursuit world title alongside fellow Tasmanian Matt Goss in 2006.

He raced the team pursuit on his Olympic debut in Beijing four years ago, losing the bronze medal ride against New Zealand to place fourth.

''We'll get to London with the confidence of how much effort we have put in,'' said Jamieson, who has relocated to the Gold Coast to train with Lindores.

The Australian Paralympic cycling team is due to be named on June 12.

Hobart sailor Matt Bugg and Launceston shot putter Todd Hodgetts have already been confirmed for the Games, which begin on August 29, two weeks after the end of the Olympics.

Lindores, classified a B1 athlete with a disability, and Jamieson could also contest the road race, road time trial and 1km time trial.