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Paralympian Jon-Allan Butterworth hopes his gold win 'inspires'

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The first British Paralympic gold medal winner to have served and been injured in Iraq says he hopes his achievement will inspire people to "follow their dreams".

Cyclist Jon-Allan Butterworth said it felt "amazing" to win the C1-5 mixed team sprint in Rio on Sunday.

The 30-year-old from Sutton Coldfield lost his left arm in 2007 in a rocket attack in Basra.

He said if you believe in your ability, medals are possible.

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"Paralympic sport is so elitist and hard to win in, it can seem out of reach," he said.

"This shows that it is not out of reach. If you train hard and have belief in your ability you can come away with a medal.

"It shows people, and hopefully will inspire others to follow their dreams."

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Image caption Jon-Allan Butterworth (l), Jody Cundy and Louis Rolfe celebrate after winning gold in Rio

Butterworth, who previously won three silver medals at London 2012, said before his race winning gold would "be really nice to finish off that collection".

He said the large crowd in the velodrome also drove him and team-mates Jody Cundy and Louis Rolfe on to clinch the medal.

"It's crazy how loud it gets in there. It either helps or hinders you and it helped me and drove me on."

The former RAF weapons technician has received support to get to the Paralympics from Help for Heroes, British Cycling, the British Paralympic Association and UK Sport.

Jayne Kavanagh, performance pathway manager at Help for Heroes, said she hoped he had inspired other wounded, injured and sick military and veterans that "anything is possible post-injury."

"To come back from London 2012 with a performance like that was incredible and just shows what hard work and dedication can achieve."

ParalympicsGB is currently second in the medal table with 56, 23 of them gold.

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