FENLAND: Jody going for gold again in the Beijing Paralympics which get under way this month
By ADAM LAZZARI WINNING a gold medal in one sport at a major international event would satisfy most athletes ambitions. But Fenland s Jody Cundy is going for Paralympics gold in a second sport when he competes in Beijing this month. The 29-year-old won
By ADAM LAZZARI
WINNING a gold medal in one sport at a major international event would satisfy most athletes' ambitions.
But Fenland's Jody Cundy is going for Paralympics gold in a second sport when he competes in Beijing this month.
The 29-year-old won gold medals for swimming, in the 100m butterfly in Paralympic Games in Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000.
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In Beijing he will be competing in two events as a cyclist - the one kilometre time trial and the three-man team sprint - at the Beijing Paralympics, which start tomorrow (Saturday).
Cundy will be in the LC2 category, as a below-the-knee amputee.
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And he is hot favourite to win two gold medals, having become world champion and set world records in both events this year.
Cundy said: "It's been a fantastic year for me and winning a gold medal at the Paralympics would complete that.
"I've been performing ahead of schedule in training and hitting personal bests so everything is set up for me to go to China and do really well."
Cundy revealed that he has been inspired by Team GB's able-bodied cyclists who won 14 medals, including eight golds, at last month's Olympic Games.
Cundy often trains alongside Chris Hoy, who won three gold medals in Beijing, and many of the other able-bodied British cycling Olympic team.
He said: "I know some of these guys really well and it's inspiring for me to see them perform as they did.
"They have a special winning mentality and mental strength. I think I have that as well."
Cundy, who flew out to Beijing last weekend, switched from swimming to cycling just over two years ago.
He said: "I had a lot of success as a swimmer but I enjoy cycling more and I think I'm more naturally talented in this sport.
"There's nothing quite like the adrenalin rush you from flying around a 40 degree bend at 45mph."
n Cundy will compete in the one kilometre time trial on September 9 at 7.30am (British time)
The team sprint race will be at the same time, the following day.