The British Paralympic athlete Kadeena Cox sensationally won a gold medal in track cycling at Rio last night, pushing defending champion Sarah Storey into fourth place in the C4-5 500m time trial – just 24 hours after Cox celebrated winning athletics bronze.
The achievement made her the first British Paralympian to win medals in two different sports at the Games since Isabel Newstead, who won shooting bronze and athletics silver and bronze at the 1988 Games in Seoul.
Dame Sarah Storey was the defending champion but fully expected Cox to beat her.
The 25-year-old, who has MS, took to the Rio track less than a year after first riding competitively, and stunned viewers with a time of 35.716.
She told Channel 4: “I can’t believe it. I’m so happy! I worked so hard for it and my legs were knackered from yesterday. I was mentally fatigued and I wasn’t sure I was going to do it. I did it, I’m over the moon.
“It’s crazy to think of this time two years ago, I had a relapse and I got re-diagnosed, going to hospital.
“To be here now is amazing, I’m just so happy. Doing the two sports is crazy. Taking up cycling and being on top of the world is amazing. I didn’t expect it.”
Storey said:“I’m a pursuiter, I shouldn’t be winning the 500m, it should be won by a sprinter. You can’t ask for better than to be beaten by two world records. That’s what I expected. I’ve been beaten by three sprinters.”
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.