PARALYMPIAN Jody Cundy smashed two world records while enjoying his most successful World Championships since his switch to cycling at the Para-Cycling World Championships in Monti-chiari, Italy, from Friday to Sunday.
The former Walpole St Andrew ace took two gold medals, both in new world record times, which means he has claimed ten world titles in swimming and cycling, plus a silver in a superb weekend.
He said of his first gold: “That was my fourth kilo title in a row, and on each occasion I’ve broken the world record, a pattern that I think is going to be difficult to continue, but would be cool if I could!”
The 32-year-old is now looking forward to a short rest week before concentrating on his preparations for the London Paralympic Games in 2012.
He and Great Britain teammates Darren Kenny and Terry Byrne finished by delivering an amazing Team Sprint performance on the third day in a new world record time of 49.540, almost three seconds faster than their previous best.
His first gold had come by smashing the world record in his specialist event, the 1km Time Trial (kilo). Despite racing two pursuits the previous day, Cundy set a new world best time of 1:05.144, taking 0.3 seconds off his previous landmark from Manchester in 2009.
He added: “Going off last I was faced with beating my team mate Terry Byrne. I settled into my ride pretty quickly. I didn’t know how much the pursuit had taken out of me, but it all turned out well in the end.”
First of all Jody had taken silver in his first outing in the C4’s 4km Pursuit behind rival Jiri Jezek, after his new 20 second personal best in the qualifying earlier on.
Cundy said: “It is a good result for my first pursuit, but there is certainly room for more and we are going to work on this for London.”