Jody picks up silver at Tokyo games - bringing his Paralympic medal tally to 11
Wisbech-born Paralympian Jody Cundy is today celebrating after becoming the first man to win medals at seven different games.
The 42-year-old, who was an awarded an OBE in 2016 after his performance at the Rio games, picked up a silver in C4-5 1,000 metres as he competed in the Tokyo Paralympics this morning.
He was hoping to defend the title he won in Rio 2016 but it was not to be, when he was beaten by Alfonso Cabello Llamas.
The 27-year-old Spaniard managed to produce a new world record-breaking time of 1:01.557 in the men's 1,000m time trial C4-5, breaking his own world record of 1:01.683, which he set in 2014.
Posting on Twitter Jody said: "I never thought I’d be happy with a silver, but today I rode the best kilo of my life, but it sadly wasn’t to be. Can’t thank everyone enough,my family, Lucy and the kids, and my support team led by my coach @danhenchy1 this silver has a bit of you all in it."
Tokyo is Jody's seventh consecutive Paralympics since he first competed as a swimmer in Atlanta in 1996. He continued with swimming in Sydney and then Athens, but swapped to cycling in 2006.
Today's silver takes his medal tally in the Paralympics to 11. He also has an impressive 28 medals - many of the golds in the world championships in both cycling and swimming.