WALES' PARALYMPIC HOPEFULS STATE THEIR BEIJING CASE
9 May 2008
Wales’ Beijing hopefuls have corroborated their mastery on the track, taking gold medals and world bests at the Paralympic World Cup.
Swansea’s Jody Cundy and Wrexham’s Ellen Hunter both stormed home yesterday to world best times. However, the times set at the Velodrome in Manchester will not stand as world records because of the absence of anti-doping administrators at the venue.
Yet, the pair presented clear evidence that they will be strong medal contenders, come Beijing.
Hunter took to the boards in the kilo race with Scotland’s Aileen McGlynn. Having taken gold medals at the last Paralympic Games in Athens, the Wrexham rider is now an established pilot guide for the visually impaired Scotswoman. And continuing to shave down their times in the time trial event, the duo certainly look set to take a podium position in China in September.
Swimmer-turned-cyclist Jody Cundy continued his recent good form with victory in a new world best time in the LC1/2 and CP4 kilo race.
Porthcawl’s Simon Richardson also added to the Welsh contingent’s medal haul. He took bronze in his category’s kilo event.
Once the track stars have completed their Manchester mission, they are set to return home for a Disability Grand Prix at the Wales National Velodrome in Newport which will play host to squads from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and the USA.