Saturday 22 October 2016

Jody Cundy strikes gold as ParalympicsGB take total to nine in Rio

Published 09/09/2016 | 18:11

Great Britain's Jody Cundy celebrates his gold medal in Rio.
Great Britain's Jody Cundy celebrates his gold medal in Rio.

Great Britain's gold medal total moved to nine on Friday's second day of the Rio Paralympics - as Jody Cundy triumphed four years after the expletive-laden rant which changed perceptions of Paralympians.

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Cundy won the C4/C5 one-kilometres time-trial in one minute 04.492 seconds to claim his sixth Paralympic gold.

The 37-year-old from Wisbech had hoped that landmark would come in front of a home crowd at London 2012, but officials ruled against him.

After hurling invective and water bottles in the direction of the officials, Cundy refocused on Rio - and he delivered.

Moments later Georgina Hermitage won the T37 100m final at the Olympic Stadium a nd, in the next final, Sophie Hahn claimed victory in the T38 100m final.

Britain's 10th gold soon followed in the swimming pool as 15-year-old Ellie Robinson won the S6 50m butterfly.

Robinson, who was inspired by Ellie Simmonds, now her team-mate, triumphed in 35.58 seconds, a Paralympic record.

Britain's first gold medal of Friday's second day came in the velodrome when Sophie Thornhill and her tandem pilot Helen Scott triumphed in the women's B one-kilometre time-trial.

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