Jody Cundy wins two golds at Para-Cycling World Championships
JODY Cundy capped a fine season by winning two gold medals and shaving even more time off his world record at the Para-Cycling Track World Championships. Cundy, from Walpole St Andrew, won the men s LC2 1km time trial on Saturday in
Story by: TOM JACKSON
JODY Cundy capped a fine season by winning two gold medals and shaving even more time off his world record at the Para-Cycling Track World Championships.
Cundy, from Walpole St Andrew, won the men's LC2 1km time trial on Saturday in one minute 5.414 seconds. He beat his own world record - set at last year's Paralympic Games in Beijing - by 0.052 seconds.
He followed that up on Sunday with gold in the men's sprint, alongside Darren Kenny and Mark Bristow.
Cundy, 31, said: "It was an exceptional weekend and I never expected to beat the world record.
"I rode in the nationals (Track Championships) two weeks ago and finished seventh in one minute 6.4 seconds. I knew I would go quicker this weekend, but not world record pace.
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"In Beijing it was warmer and the track is a bit quicker than Manchester, but there were also a few additions to our kit in Beijing that cannot come back out of the box until London 2012."
Cundy described the team sprint victory as a "bit of a formality", with arch rivals China not taking part in the world championships.
He said: "At one point Great Britain was getting disqualified quite a lot. The year before I joined in 1995 the team was disqualified for a late changeover, and the year I joined we were disqualified for an early changeover.
"But once we got everything right and did everything properly we were miles ahead of the rest.
"The Chinese were not in Manchester so our closest rivals were the Czech's - and we put two or three seconds on them at the world cup in May so we knew it was in the bag if we put in a good ride. In that sense it was a formality.
"It was still a fast ride, one that would have won in Beijing even though it was a second off."
Cundy's season is now pretty much done, but he is aiming to further strengthen his stranglehold at the top of the sport next year.
He said: "I have finished this season really well and will keep pushing myself to pull further and further ahead, but also inspire the rest of the competition to raise their games to try and catch us.
"But next year is very quiet, a meeting in Wales and then the world championships in July.