Competing at world level in a chosen sport is hard enough but how about competing in two totally different fields? Kadeena Cox took home track cycling gold last year at the Rio Paralympic Games shortly after taking home the bronze in athletics making her the first British athlete to win medals in more than one sport at the same Paralympic Games in 28 years.
Kadeena has been training hard in the athletics field for the upcoming World Para Athletics Championships taking place in London later this month. However, Kadeena plans to shift her focus to cycling thereafter in order to compete in open competitions as she tells Press Association Sport: “I’ve not cycled for that long and the times I’m doing are up there in terms of able-bodied stuff.”
“If I can put in a bit of work and become a ‘real’ cyclist – I don’t class myself as a ‘real’ cyclist – potentially I could get on to the able bodied team, which would be an amazing thing to do as a disabled athlete.” – Kadeena Cox
Cox believes she can improve on her Paralympic title win – C4/C5 500m time-trial in 35.716 seconds – a time which would have seen her beat two of the 21 competitors at April’s Track World Championships in Hong Kong.
If Kadeena focuses on cycling we could see her compete in next March’s Track World Championships in Apeldoorn or the Commonwealth Games a few weeks later.
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