Jody Cundy

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Jody Cundy

Revised: July 2016

Disciplines
Kilo, Team Sprint, Individual Pursuit
Current Team
Para-T Paracycling Team
DOB
14/10/1978
From
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Based
Manchester
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Biography

Born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, Cundy started swimming at the age of 10, making his international debut at the swimming world championships in Malta in 1994.

Cundy would go on to swim for Great Britain at three Paralympic Games, from 1996 to 2004, winning three gold and two bronze medals. A year after the Athens Games, he rode on the track for the first time, at Newport Velodrome, and his potential quickly brought him to the attention of the Great Britain Cycling Team.

While still swimming on the Great Britain team, Cundy was invited to a time trial for a place on the 2006 Paralympic world cup team and earned selection for the team sprint setting a new world record, alongside Darren Kenny and Mark Bristow.

That performance was enough to convince Cundy to concentrate fully on cycling and a gold medal, and world record, in the kilo at his debut UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Aigle, Switzerland in the summer of 2006 vindicated his decision.

That was the start of a decade of success on the track with a double gold medal performance following at the 2007 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Bordeaux, France, where Cundy won kilo and team sprint, the events that he planned to compete in at the Beijing Paralympic Games the following year.

In China, Cundy would join the elite band of British Paralympic athletes who have been medallists in two different sports when he broke the world record on the way to winning the LC2 kilo in a time of 1:05.466. He then claimed his second gold medal of the Games  alongside  Kenny and Bristow, in the team sprint final beat China by over a second.

The double of kilo and team sprint was becoming Cundy’s stock-in trade and he repeated the feat at the 2009 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Manchester, and in Montichiari, Italy, two years later. At the latter, Cundy added a silver in the individual pursuit for good measure as he prepared for London 2012.

London preparations

The Olympic year started promisingly, at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles in February when he collected a full set of medals - gold in the kilo, silver with Kenny and Sarah Storey in the mixed team sprint and a bronze in the individual pursuit.

But the London Paralympics did not go according to plan. Favourite for gold in the kilo, a slip out of the start gate, apparently due to a mechanical fault, denied Cundy the opportunity to defend his Olympic title with officials refusing his appeal for a restart.

Cundy had the consolation of winning bronze in the four-kilometre individual pursuit in which he covered the opening kilometre of his heat in 1:05.317, a time that would have won him gold in the kilo.

The rider also used the platform of the London Paralympics to declare that he would be continuing his illustrious career until Rio 2016.

Since London 2012 Cundy has continued to be unbeatable in the kilo, clinching gold in three successive UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships - Aguascalientes, Mexico, 2014, Apeldoorn, Holland, 2015 and in Montichiari, Italy, in Olympic year.

Cundy, who lists his hobbies as including cinema, music, Moto GP and power-kiting, also made a winning return to the team sprint discipline in Montichiari joining Jon Allan Butterworth and promising newcomer Louis Rolfe in winning gold against China in a new world record time of 49.268.

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Selected Career Highlights to Date

2016

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy)
Gold, Kilo
Gold, Team Sprint

 

2015

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Apeldoorn (Holland)
Gold, Kilo

2014

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Aguascalientes (Mexico)
Gold, Kilo

2012

Paralympic Games, London (UK)
Bronze, Individual pursuit

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA)
Gold, Kilo
Silver, Team sprint
Bronze, Pursuit

2011

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy)
Gold, Kilo
Gold, Team sprint
Silver, Individual pursuit

2009

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Manchester (UK)
Gold, LC2 kilo
Gold, Team sprint

2008

Paralympic Games, Beijing (China)
Gold - LC2 kilo
Gold - Team sprint

2007

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Bordeaux (France)
Gold, LC2 kilo
Gold, Team sprint

2006

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Aigle (Switzerland)
Gold - LC2 Kilo

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