Jody Cundy wins sixth Paralympic gold as medals stack up for ParalympicsGB cyclists

Jody Cundy wins sixth Paralympic gold as medals stack up for ParalympicsGB cyclists

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ParalympicsGB’s Jody Cundy won his sixth Paralympic gold medal with victory in the C4-5 kilo time trial in Rio de Janeiro.

The 37-year-old put the hurt of missing out on the top of the podium at London 2012 behind him with a stunning ride, setting a new Paralympic record in 1:02.473 to win his third Paralympic gold in cycling.

“Ever since that day I threw that water bottle down, it’s been in my mind to be here and do this,” Cundy said.

“I know the C4-5 race is factored but I wanted to make sure I won outright and I think the time I did was the quickest of everyone so that’s all that matters really.”

“All I wanted to do was get out of the start gate, I was so nervous. I managed to use that nervous energy to get me through at the end.”

Jon-Allan Butterworth just missed out on a medal, setting a personal best of 1:04.733 for fourth.

Delight for Scott and Thornhill

Earlier in the afternoon session, Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott won gold with a superb Paralympic record-ride in the tandem kilo time trial.

Stoker Thornhill and pilot Scott powered around the track in 1:06.283.

The pair were forced to wait as world champions Larissa Klaassen and Haliegh Dolman from the Netherlands set the final time.

But their effort of 1:07.059 was only enough for silver and the celebrations started for Great Britain in the track centre.

Four-time world champion Thornhill, in her first Paralympic Games, said: “I can’t believe it, months and months of hard work! The crowd are amazing, my family and boyfriend are here. We can’t thank (our family and friends) enough.”

Scott, who competed at London 2012, said: “It’s absolutely amazing. When I saw they were down, I thought surely they can’t make this. I can’t believe it, me and Sophie have worked so hard for this.”

Rocket Rolfe wins debut medal

Nineteen-year-old Louis Rolfe completed a great day by winning bronze in the C2 3000m time trial on his Paralympic debut.

Rolfe defeated Alvaro Galvis Becerra by nearly two seconds, his time of 3:47.951 earning him a place on podium.

Rolfe had qualified in fourth in a time of 3:49.908 to make the bronze-medal final. His Colombian opponent, Galvis Becerra, was only fractionally quicker in 3:49.238.

ParalympicsGB have now won seven cycling medals after two days - five gold, one silver and one bronze.


2016 Rio Paralympic Games - track cycling day two