Jody Cundy

Jody Cundy MBE

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    Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

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Jody always enjoyed cycling as a child but it was swimming where he excelled after taking up the sport at the age of 10. He made his international debut at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Malta in 1994, winning gold in the 100m butterfly S10.

He was selected for his first Paralympic Games in Atlanta 1996, once again winning gold in the 100m butterfly S10. He defended this title in Sydney four years later, as well as picking up another in the 4x100m freestyle relay S10 and he also won a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke S10.

After adding another bronze to his collection in Athens, Jody started exploring the possibility of switching sports and, after impressing the coaching staff at a test at Newport velodrome, was selected for his major international debut at the 2006 Track World Championships in Aigle, Switzerland, where he won the C4 kilo. This would be the first of twelve world titles on the track over the next decade; he won the C4 kilo eight times in a row and added four mixed team sprint titles to his impressive collection of rainbow jerseys.

He competed in the fourth Paralympic Games of his career, and his first in cycling, at Beijing in 2008. Jody set a world record on the way to winning the C4 kilo title, making him one of only a handful of athletes that have become Paralympic champion in two different sports. He also won mixed team sprint gold alongside Darren Kenny and Mark Bristow.

At London 2012, Jody missed out on a medal in the C4-5 kilo after slipping coming out of the start gate and then being refused a restart. He did go on to claim a bronze medal in the C4 individual pursuit, defeating Colombia’s Diego Gomez in the bronze medal ride.

Cundy made up for the disappointment of missing gold at London four years earlier as he won two Paralympic titles in Rio - which were the sixth Paralympic Games of his career.

In the kilo time trial, Cundy beat a strong field, including team mate Jon-Allan Butterworth, to take gold in a new Paralympic record of 1:04.492. That winning performance from Cundy was repeated in the team sprint where he teamed with Louis Rolfe and Butterworth to win the gold in a world record time of 48.635.

Cundy’s form continued into 2017 with yet another world title - his 13th - as his unbeaten streak in the kilo continued at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles.

He extended his run twelve months later with yet another time trial gold at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Rio de Janeiro before winning his 15th world title in the team sprint alongside Rolfe and Butterworth once more.

In 2011 Jody set up the cycling team Para-T, made up entirely of elite para-cycling athletes, to help promote disability sport.

Major Results

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

  • C1-5 Mixed Team Sprint: Gold
  • C4-5 Kilo: Gold

London 2012 Paralympic Games

  • C4 Individual pursuit: Bronze

Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

  • LC1-4 CP3/4 mixed team sprint (with Darren Kenny and Mark Bristow): Gold
  • LC2 1km time trial: Gold

Athens 2004 Paralympic Games

  • (Swimming) 100m butterfly S10: Gold

Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games

  • (Swimming) 100m butterfly S10: Gold
  • (Swimming) 4x100m freestyle relay S10: Gold
  • (Swimming) 100m backstroke S10: Bronze

Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games

  • (Swimming) 100m butterfly S10: Gold

2018 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

  • C4 Kilo: Gold
  • Mixed team sprint: Gold

2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles (USA)

  • C4 Kilo: Gold

2016 Track World Championships, Montichiari, Italy

  • C4 Kilo: Gold
  • Mixed team sprint: Gold

2015 UCI Track World Championships, Apeldoorn, Netherlands

  • C4 Kilo: Gold

2014 UCI Track World Championships, Aguascalientes, Mexico

  • C4 Kilo: Gold

2012 UCI Track World Championships, Los Angeles, USA

  • C4 Kilo: Gold
  • Mixed Team Sprint: Silver

2011 UCI Track World Championships, Montichiari, Italy

  • Mixed team sprint: Gold
  • C4 Kilo: Gold
  • C4 Pursuit Silver

2009 UCI Track World Championships, Manchester, UK

  • LC2 Kilo: Gold
  • Mixed Team Sprint: Gold

2007 UCI Track World Championships, Bordeaux, France

  • Team Sprint: Gold
  • LC2 Kilo: Gold

2006 Track World Championships, Aigle, Switzerland

  • LC2 Kilo: Gold

2002 World Swimming Championships, Mar Del Plata, Argentina

  • S10 100m Butterfly: Gold
  • 4x100m Point Medley Relay: Gold
  • 4x100m Point Freestyle Relay: Bronze

1998 World Swimming Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand

  • S10 100m Butterfly: Silver

1994 World Swimming Championships, Malta

  • S10 100m Butterfly: Gold
  • S10 100m Backstroke: Bronze

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