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Kadeena Cox


Leeds, West Yorkshire

Date of birth


History-making Kadeena Cox came to national prominence with her dual-sport exploits at the Rio Paralympics. And she will have the opportunity to write another chapter in her remarkable sporting career after being selected to do the same – represent Great Britain in track and field, as well as cycling – at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Cox made a stunning start to her para-cycling career in 2016, winning gold and setting a new world record at her first attempt in the 500-metre time trial at her debut UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy. The win was all the more impressive as Cox was re-classified at short notice and was required to compete in the C4 category.

With Cox also a world-class T37 track and field athlete, she would go on to become one of the big British success stories of the Rio Paralympic Games, winning golds on the running and cycling tracks, thus becoming the first British athlete to win golds in multiple sports at the same Games since Isabel Barr at the 1984 Paralympics.

For the delayed Tokyo Paralympics, Cox was chosen to defend her T38 400m track and field event while also competing in track cycling where she will race in the 500m time trial and the mixed team sprint alongside Jody Cundy and Jaco van Gass.

Career in numbers


Total Paralympic Games cycling medals


Total UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships medals


Kadeena Cox is – after one Games – already a history-making Paralympian.

A promising sprinter, Cox’s sporting future was altered when she suffered a stroke in 2014. After returning to apparent full fitness, further problems followed, before the Leeds-born athlete was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the September of that year.

She turned her attention to Paralympic sport, targeting a place at Rio 2016. After being classified as a T37 athlete and a C2 cyclist, she earned her first global title on the athletics track, winning the T37 100m at the 2015 world championships.

Cycling success followed as, despite being reclassified from a C2 to a C4, Cox won the 500m time trial at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in 2016.

This double glory fueled hopes that she could become the first British Paralympian since 1988 – three years before she was born – to medal in two sports at the same Games.

She duly did so, winning gold in both athletics and cycling (becoming the first Briton since 1984 to do so), setting a new world record time on the way to 500m victory in the velodrome. Her achievements led to her being selected to carry the flag at the closing ceremony.

Cox suffered a knee injury – which kept her out of both sports for a significant period of time – in December 2017, and despite admitting that the problem still had to be managed, Cox returned to the velodrome to reclaim her C4 500m world title in Apeldoorn in 2019.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic severely disrupting the cycling calendar in 2020, Cox still managed to make an impressive return in February at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Milton, Canada.

Cox not only finished second to home rider Kate O’Brien in the 500m, but also helped a British squad of van Gass, Cundy and Jon-Allan Butterworth to another silver, behind China, in the mixed team sprint.

As she prepared for Tokyo, Cox took to the road in 2021, finishing fifth in the individual time trial at a round of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium.


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UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Milton (Canada) 500m time trial Silver
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Milton (Canada) team sprint Silver
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Apeldoorn (Netherlands) 500m time trial Gold
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy) 500m time trial Gold
Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 500m time trial Gold
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy) 500m time trial Gold