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Jody Cundy

Kilo, Team Sprint, Individual Pursuit

Based
Manchester

From
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Date of birth
14/10/1978

Team
Para-T Paracycling Team

Like his Great Britain Cycling Team mate Dame Sarah Storey, Jody Cundy started his sporting life in the pool, winning 23 international medals, 14 of them gold, in a 10-year swimming career before switching to cycling in 2006.

It was a decision that led to Cundy, who was born with a deformed right foot that was amputated when he was three-years-old, representing Great Britain and winning medals at the Paralympic Games in 2008 and 2012 in the C4 category, establishing himself as one of the sport’s top performers in the kilo, team sprint and individual pursuit events.

Career in numbers

3

Total Paralympic medals

15

Total UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships medals

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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Jody Cundy
Jody Cundy

Palmarès

2016
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships , Montichiari (Italy) Kilo Gold
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships , Montichiari (Italy) Team Sprint Gold
2015
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships , Apeldoorn (Holland) Kilo Gold
2014
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships , Aguascalientes (Mexico) Kilo Gold
2012
Paralympic Games , London (UK) Individual pursuit Bronze
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships , Los Angeles (USA) Kilo Gold
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships , Los Angeles (USA) Team sprint Silver
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships , Los Angeles (USA) Pursuit Bronze
2011
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships , Montichiari (Italy) Kilo Gold
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships , Montichiari (Italy) Team sprint Gold
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships , Montichiari (Italy) Individual pursuit Silver
2009
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships , Manchester (UK) LC2 kilo Gold
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships , Manchester (UK) Team sprint Gold
2008
Paralympic Games , Beijing (China) LC2 kilo Gold
Paralympic Games , Beijing (China) Team sprint Gold
2007
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships , Bordeaux (France) LC2 kilo Gold
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships , Bordeaux (France) Team sprint Gold
2006
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships , Aigle (Switzerland) LC2 Kilo Gold