Paralympics disaster for Jody Cundy as ‘rider error’ ruins London gold medal chance

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 August 2012

A heartbroken Jody Cundy. Picture taken from C4 coverage.

A heartbroken Jody Cundy. Picture taken from C4 coverage.

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BOOS echoed around the London 2012 Velodrome after Paralympic cycling star Jody Cundy failed to finish in the Men’s Individual C4-5 1km time trial.

Defending champion Cundy, who was riding last in the competition, stumbled out of the blocks and raised his hand as if to signal a problem with the starter.

However, after intense discussions between Jody’s team, and the officials, it was deemed that the disrupted start was down to ‘rider error’ and Cundy had failed to record a time.

The controversial decision left the former University of Hertfordshire student seething, as he objected vocally to the decision believing it was a technical fault, before slamming his water bottle into the ground.

As he walked back towards the other cyclists in the middle of the Velodrome, Jody crumpled to the floor, unable to get over his disappointment.

Spain’s Alfonso Cabello scooped the gold, with Paralympic GB’s Jon-Allan Butterworth collecting silver and China’s Xinyang Liu taking home the bronze.

At the Beijing Games in 2008, the former University of Hertfordshire student scooped double-gold in both the 1km time trial, and in the flying 200m.

A former Hatfield Swimming Club member, the super-talented 33-year-old is a five-time Paralympic champion after three golds in the previous Games from the pool.

He made his Paralympics debut as a 17-year-old in Atlanta in 1996.

He is set to compete in the C4 4km pursuit tomorrow (Saturday) morning, but it will be hard to put today’s disappointment behind him.


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