Jody Cundy wins second gold of Rio Paralympics with team sprint triumph
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Norfolk cycling star Jody Cundy won his second gold medal of the Rio Games – taking his overall Paralympic gold medal haul to a remarkable seven, with a world record ride.
The 37-year-old, who was born in Wisbech and raised in west Norfolk, won three golds as a swimmer before switching to cycling and winning kilo (LC 2) and team sprint gold at Beijing 2008.
Cundy's hunger for success in Brazil was fuelled by a frustrating London 2012, when he had to settled for bronze in the 4km pursuit (C4) and made a name for himself after an angry outburst.
That followed a slip shortly after starting the 1km time trial (C4/5) due to a faulty starting gate, prompting a furious argument with officials about not being allowed a restart.
His disappointment at frustration on home soil can now be left in the past though, after winning the mixed C1-5 team sprint with Jon-Allan Butterworth and Louis Rolfe in Rio last night.
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That adds to the kilo (LC 2) gold already won last week, leaving Cundy a very happy man.
'We enjoyed every second of it,' he said. 'We have lots of friends and family up there – it doesn't get any better than this.
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'I have such a had job chasing this guy (Butterworth). I have to get out of the saddle to keep up with him.'
Butterworth, who won three silvers in London, said: 'I'd trade three silvers for one gold. I'm not being greedy – one gold is what I wanted.
'I get more satisfaction out of a team event because all three of us need a perfect ride. It was amazing.'
Rolfe, speaking on Channel Four, added: 'The overriding emotion is just relief. I wanted to replicate what our Olympic counterparts did in the sprint and we did that.'
The trio clocked a winning time of 48.635 seconds to beat China by 1.279secs and beat their own world record, which was set in qualifying.
It was momentous success for Butterworth, who was injured while serving in Iraq.
Butterworth claimed three silver medals at London 2012 and his gold as part of the team success was significant for British service personnel injured in Iraq or Afghanistan.
It was the first time a veteran injured in those conflicts has won Paralympic gold.