Zanardi secured his third Paralympic gold (he won two in London in 2012) by winning the H5 time trial in Rio the day before the 15th anniversary of his crash. He was also part of the H2-H5 mixed team relay gold.
Per Alex Wellman of Mirror, Zanardi said: "Normally I don't thank God for these type of things as I believe God has more important stuff to worry about. But today is too much. I had to raise my eyes and thank him. I feel very lucky, I feel my life is a never-ending privilege."