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Para-athlete Eleni Papadopoulos' stolen bike to be replaced

Eleni Papadopoulos Image copyright University of Manchester
Image caption Eleni Papadopoulos aims to qualify and win a medal at the 2016 Paralympics

A top para-athlete who had her specially adapted bike stolen in Manchester is to have it replaced.

Eleni Papadopoulos, runner-up in last year's Paratriathlon World Championship, had her bike taken from Manchester Aquatics Centre.

The makers of the Scott Speedster bike have offered to give the student from Sunderland a new adapted bike.

The 22-year-old who struggles to walk as she has cerebral palsy said she was "overwhelmed" as it was her "godsend".

'Still in shock'

The University of Manchester student, who holds a world record in para-swimming, said: "It is such a weight off my mind. I have been so worried about how I would get to training so early in the morning."

Ms Papadopoulos said she locked the bike outside the centre on Wednesday evening because she was poorly and unable to cycle home.

When she arrived for training at 04:45 BST on Thursday the bike was missing.

Greater Manchester Police said the property had not been returned and no arrests had been made over the theft.

She said she was "still in shock" at the help and offers of donations she has received since she reported it stolen.

Ms Papadopoulos, who set a world record for 200m Butterfly in the S10 category, said she was now setting her sights on qualifying and winning a medal at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio in both the triathlon and swimming.

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