Cundy and Toft lead British medal rush at Para-cycling Track World Championships

Cundy and Toft lead British medal rush at Para-cycling Track World Championships

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Jody Cundy became a world champion for the 14th time in Rio, while Katie Toft stuck gold on her UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships debut.

39-year-old Cundy triumphed in the men's C4 1km time trial to headline a day where the Great Britain Cycling Team clinched five medals, with Toft also claiming a superb gold in the women's C1 Individual Pursuit.

Cundy has gone unbeaten in world kilometre events since 2006 and he topped the podium once again by dominating with a time of 1.04.579, leaving Slovakia’s Jozef Metelka (1:07.336) and the United States’ Jacob Walters (1:08.739) trailing in his wake.

Toft shines as Giglia takes silver

Meanwhile, Katie Toft faced a showdown with China’s Jieli Li for her shot at glory and duly delivered; the Derbyshire rider managed to overtake her opponent and came home in 4:41.945 to seal victory.

Megan Giglia was also in the hunt for medals in the women’s C3 individual pursuit and, after qualifying for the final earlier in the day, she claimed silver in the final.

Giglia, who didn’t compete in the 2017 World Championships, was pitted against Germany’s Denise Schindler and came home in 4:14.287, with her opponent taking gold in 4:08.953.

Double delight in C5 time trial

There was a podium double in the men's C5 1km time trial as Jon-Allan Butterworth and Blaine Hunt secured silver and bronze.

Hunt was first out and 11 riders failed to better his time of 1:07.326, right up until British teammate Butterworth posted 1:05.850, with Spain’s Alfonso Llamas Cabello taking gold in 1:04.748.

Crystal so close

Meanwhile, Crystal Lane-Wright just missed out on the podium as she made her track return, finishing fourth in the women’s C5 500m time trial.

The 32-year-old, a bronze medallist at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in South Africa, racked up a time of 39.241 seconds as she finished closely behind Argentina’s Mariela Analia Delgado (38.689).

During the afternoon session, Louis Rolfe narrowly missed out on the chance to ride for a medal as he recorded a fifth-fastest time of 3:53.103 in men’s C2 individual pursuit qualification while in the C3 classification, Ben Watson (3:35.174) was seventh-fastest.

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