Paralympic Games
24 August - 5 September 2021

Great Britain's Kadeena Cox defends Paralympic title in world record fashion

The 30-year-old Para cyclist successfully kicks off multi-sport campaign which will also see her competing in athletics 27 Aug 2021
Kadeena Cox smiles with the gold medal hanging around her neck while holding the British flag
Kadeena Cox celebrates after winning her first Tokyo 2020 gold medal

A world record capped a "near-perfect" race for Great Britain's Kadeena Cox as she retained her title in the women's track cycling 500m time trial C4-5 on Friday (27 August) to kick-start another Paralympic multi-sport campaign in Tokyo.

"It feels amazing. I knew I was going to have to do something special," said Cox, who also aims to defend her athletics 400m T38 title from Rio 2016.

"If I put everything together that me and my coach had worked on, it would be amazing. And that's what happened (laughs). I'm so happy. I executed a race that was near-perfect."

Cox beat silver medallist Canada's Kate O'Brien's world-leading mark from January 2020 by 0.79 of a second to win gold in 34.433 seconds and kick back from a difficult past year.

"I've pretty much been injured since my last session before the end of last year," the 30-year-old said.

"I've really struggled mentally and it has made my eating disorder creep back up, which has been quite hard. But I have a great support network who have helped get me through and that makes this moment even more special."

In the men's C1-3 1000m time trial, all three medallists set world records in their respective class as China's Li Zhangyu (1:08.347 - C1) defended his title ahead of France's runner-up Alexandre Leaute (1:09.211 - C2). Great Britain's Jaco Van Gass (1:05.569 - C3) took bronze.

"I see this as a revenge for yesterday," said LI, who had also won the men's 3,000m individual pursuit C1 at Rio 2016 but had to settle for bronze in the same event on Thursday.

Full results for track cycling are available online.