Kadeena Cox set a new world record to retain her gold medal in the women’s C4-5 500m time trial in Tokyo on Friday morning.
The 30-year-old, the champion in Rio back in 2016, had Kate O’Brien to beat and stepped up to the challenge to set an astonishing time of 34.812 seconds in the velodrome.
It was the third gold medal of Cox’s Paralympics career after she claimed victory in both cycling and athletics events five years ago.
Her latest triumph strengthened Great Britain’s hold on second place at this summer’s Games with a tally of seven golds and 21 medals in total, eight off leaders China.
‘I tried to enjoy this moment. I did enjoy Rio but I feel like I was so trying to go well that I didn’t really enjoy it so I really wanted to enjoy it,’ Cox told Channel 4 shortly after her win.
‘It didn’t hit me until I got to the podium and then I realised why I had done it all so it’s a bit overwhelming.’
Cox dedicated her gold medal to her grandfather, who has been in and out of hospital in the lead-up to the Games.
‘My grandad has not been well. He’s been in and out of hospital and he sent me a message just saying, “Go get the gold”, so this one was for my grandad,’ she added.
‘I just love him. He’s one of my biggest supporters. He was a boxer so he’s living his dreams through me now and this one’s for him.’
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