Gary Anderson (cyclist)

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Gary John Anderson (born September 18, 1967 in London , United Kingdom ) is a former New Zealand cyclist and now a cycling coach.

Gary Anderson was born in London; when he was nine years old his family immigrated to New Zealand. His father had already been a cyclist and initially trained him. 1985 Anderson was third in the singles pursuit at the Junior Track World Championships . In 1986 he started at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and won four medals: two silver medals each in the 1000 meter time trial and in the team pursuit (with Stephen Cox , Stephen Swart and Andrew Whitford ) and two bronze medals each in the single pursuit and over ten miles. Four years later, at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland , he won four more medals, three gold in the pursuit, team pursuit and over ten miles, as well as a silver medal in the time trial. His third participation in the Commonwealth Games , in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, failed because he had a serious fall shortly before; instead, he commented on the competitions for New Zealand television.

Anderson started four times at the Olympic Games . In 1992 he won the bronze medal in the pursuit.

In 1987 Gary Anderson won the Tour of Gastown in Canada and in 1993 the Tour of Somerville in the USA. In 2000 he was third in the New Zealand championship in the individual time trial .

Anderson achieved all of these achievements despite having a congenital heart defect. Today he works as a trainer. In 2006 he was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame .

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