CUNDY AND HUNTER BOTH TAKE A SECOND WORLD TITLE
23 Aug 2007
Welsh disability cycling is riding high after Jody Cundy and Ellen Hunter both clinched their second gold medal last night at the IPC Para-Cycling Championships.
Team GB now tops the table with 11 medals including nine golds. Just over 12 months out from the Paralympics in Beijing, Jon Morgan, Director of Disability Sport Wales, is delighted at the Welsh performances and believes that medals look set to follow in China:
"It was a great achievement to send five Welsh riders to Bordeaux as part of Team GB, but to contribute four gold medals is outstanding. Both Ellen and Jody are first-rate athletes and their talent and professionalism is to be commended. The set-up at the Wales National Velodrome in Newport is working well and is paying off - it bodes extremely well for Beijing and beyond thanks to the Academy system led by Neil Smith."
On the final day of the track competition at Stadium Velodrome in Bordeaux, Swansea’s Jody Cundy was back in action following a breathtaking performance in the LC2 Kilo Time Trial on Tuesday when he smashed his own World record to take gold.
Back on the boards, he teamed up with Rik Waddon and Mark Bristow in the Team Sprint. Gunning to make amends for last year’s disqualification after posting the fastest time, the GB trio took gold despite fierce opposition from China who also broke the old World record.
The weeks of intense preparation for Cundy and co certainly paid off as they executed slick changes and performed blinding starts.
Pilot rider Ellen Hunter from Wrexham who guides partially sighted Aileen McGlynn of Scotland also took her second gold of the Championships. Proven over the short distance, the duo tested their speed over the 3000m Pursuit.
Unseeded, they went out early and even World record holders Australia were unable to better their time.
The pair had already defended their top rostrum position in the Women’s 1000m Tandem Time Trial earlier in the week.
Team GB can now a day’s rest before the action switches from the track to the road. Welsh riders to look out for are Llantwit Major’s Russell White, Porthcawl’s Simon Richardson and newcomer Rachel Morris from Pembrokeshire who will all go in the time trial and road race.