London 2012 pain still fuelling 2016 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships bound Jody Cundy’s fire
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Jody Cundy's road to possible Rio redemption continues today at the 2016 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships.
The Walpole St Andrew, near Wisbech, raised star made headlines for all the wrong reasons after reacting furiously to a C4/C5 kilo (1km time trial) disqualification at London 2012. Despite going on to win a 4km bronze it was the expletive-fuelled rant which perhaps remains Cundy's lasting legacy of his home Olympics.
The 37-year-old is now gearing up for another shot at Games gold in Brazil this September. And he hopes to lay down a marker in Montichiari, Italy, by winning his eighth individual world crown in the C4 kilo.
'I was speaking of retiring after London and then London happened,' Cundy said.
'As soon as I came off that track centre after the last race in London, that was the next four years mapped out. The motivation to put the wrongs to right in that kilo event are high. It's going to be a fabulous kilo (in Rio). If I can pull it off on the day it will definitely right the wrongs.'
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An elbow injury has hampered the now Manchester-based rider's training ahead of his kilo – an event which sees competitors try to complete four laps of an indoor track as fast as possible – defence. But Cundy remains confident he can still do the business ahead of this evening's action at a venue where he topped the podium in the kilo and team sprint in 2011.
The former multiple world-champion swimmer, speaking to BT Sport, added: 'It's the first kilo I've done in 12 months.
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'That's going to be an interesting prospect. Everything at the moment is saying it's going to be a pretty good kilo. Fingers crossed it will all come together.'
Below-knee amputee Cundy, undefeated in his signature event, the kilo, will also take part in Sunday's mixed sprint discipline alongside Kadeena Cox and Jon-Allan Butterworth.