SOUTH Cheshire stars Emma Davies Jones and Jason Burrage have enjoyed medal magic in Melbourne.
Cyclist Davies Jones, from Alsager, scooped bronze in the women's individual 3K pursuit, as did sharp-shooter Burrage, from Sandbach, in the men's 50m rifle event.
It was an incredible performance by Davies Jones in particular, after she recovered from a serious back injury sustained in a car smash just six months ago.
In October it was feared she may never even walk again. Now she has a shiny gong as a reward for never giving up hope.
The 27-year-old said: 'I'm so excited. It feels like I have won a gold medal. I always wanted to be here and my coach had faith in me after my accident.
'The bronze final was very tight. I really pulled it out of the bag. This means the world to me. I am in shock.
'I did have a plan, and I promised my coach I would not get involved in a fight. And then I heard my Dad so I gritted my teeth. In the last two laps I did everything for those who have faith in me.'
Davies Jones was left with a fractured spine after being struck by a car in a hit-and-run accident while cycling near Manchester. She missed becoming a quadriplegic by millimetres.
But she defied the odds to leave hospital after just 10 days, and started on what would be a slow road to recovery.
Davies Jones had beaten Alison Shanks of New Zealand easily in a qualifying round, recording a time of 3:38.791 - the third fastest of the round.
But she had a tougher battle to secure the bronze after finding herself 0.4 seconds down at halfway in the Vodafone Arena on Sunday.
Gradually she began to close the gap, and in the last two laps she powered home, winning in 3:40.057.
Davies Jones received her medal from Australian PM John Howard. She will compete again at the weekend in the 40K road race.
Meanwhile, Burrage is delighted after he and partner Chris Hector took bronze. He said: 'This is a three-and-a-half hour event so it is very mentally draining.
'I couldn't read the wind and I was struggling, but I was determined not to let Chris down. I am just over the moon that we got a bronze. It's fantastic.'
The pair won silver in the same event in Manchester four years ago.
Meanwhile, Kate Dennison, from Alsager, is in action in the women's pole vault on Saturday. The 21-year-old is in fine form, after coming fourth at the 2005 AAA Championships and twice setting personal bests at a recent indoor event at Loughborough .