Runner-turned-cyclist Kate Horan finishes fourth in Women's Pursuit

Cyclist Kate Horan has just missed out on New Zealand's first Paralympic Medal in Rio after finishing fourth in the women's 3km Pursuit C4.

Horan set a Paralympic record earlier on Day One in her qualifying run with 4:02.608, however that time was later beaten by Shawn Morelli of the USA and Susan Powell of Australia to place her in the bronze against American Megan Fisher.

In the race, Horan started well, amassing a 3 second lead with 1000m to go, but the American put in a spirited final third to pip her at the post by three tenths of a second.

She finished the race with a time of 4:04:437.

Her results still mark an impressive transition for the Kiwi athlete, who won a silver medal at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 in track and field after finishing second in the Women's 200m T44 final.

After missing London with an injury and the birth of her third child, Horan transitioned to two wheels where she has found success since 2012.

Horan will now set her sights on Day 17 of the Paralympics where she will compete in the Women's Road Race C4-5 on the final day of competition in Rio.

However, New Zealand's hunt for its first Rio Paralympics medal for Day One isn't finished yet - swimmers Cameron Leslie, Rebecca Dubber and Nikita Howarth all hit the pool after 11am today for swimming finals.

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Wellington's Para-Cyclist Kate Horan sets a new world record in the C4 200m Flying Lap at the Skoda Elite & U19 Track National Championships at the Avantidrome, Cambridge, New Zealand, Friday, January 30, 2015. Photo: Dianne Manson /
Para-Cyclist Kate Horan sets a new world record in the C4 200m Flying Lap. Source: Photosport