Kadeena Cox

Kadeena Cox

Athlete Information

  • Region

    Leeds

  • Date of Birth

    10/03/1991

  • Classification

    T38 and C4-5 in Rio

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Bio

A sprinter from an early age, Kadeena Cox entered para-athletics in 2015 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In her first international competition, Cox won T37 100m gold at the IPC Athletics World Championships.

The Manchester-based athlete has since been reclassified to the T38 class, where she won 100m bronze at the 2016 IPC Athletics European Championships.

Kadeena is also a GB cyclist and began her cycling journey in June 2015. She travelled to her first major event in Maniago, Italy in June 2015 as an independent rider, and was classified as a C2 and completed the time-trial.

However it was on the track where Kadeena immediately began to shine with her power marking her out as a stand out performer in sprint events.

Her first major success was at the British Cycling National Track Championships where she won the first British title of her career in the C1-5 500 metre time-trial.

She then carried this form into her next major para-cycling event, the Manchester International, winning gold in the team sprint alongside Jody Cundy and Jon Allen-Butterworth.

Kadeena was selected for the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, and after being re-classified as a C4 won the 500 metre time-trial in a new world record time of 37.456.

This victory allowed Kadeena to complete the unique achievement of becoming a world champion in two different sports.

At Rio 2016 Kadeena won three medals in athletics with gold in the T38 400m, silver in the 4x100m and bronze in the 100m. She also completed a remarkable achievement by claiming a gold medal in cycling with victory in the C4-5 time trial to become the first British Paralympian for 32 year to win medals in two different sports.

in 2017 Kadeena claimed three medals on home soil at the World Championships in London with 400m gold, 100, silver and 200m bronze.

Cox suffered a knee injury – which kept her out of both sports for a significant period of time – in December 2017, and despite admitting that the problem still had to be managed, Cox returned to the velodrome to reclaim her C4 500m world title in Apeldoorn in 2019.

She won two silver medals in Milton in 2020, finishing second to Kate O’Brien in the 500m, and helping Britain to another second in the team sprint.

Major Results

2016 Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • T38 400m: Gold
  • C4-5 Time Trial: Gold
  • T35-38 4x100m Silver
  • T38 100m: Bronze

2017 World Athletics Championships, London, UK

  • T38 400m: Gold
  • T38 100m: Silver
  • T38 200m: Bronze

2016 European Championships, Grosseto, Italy

  • T38 200m: Bronze

2015 World Athletics Championships, Doha, Qatar

  • T37 100m: Gold
  • T35-38 4x100m: Gold

2020 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Milton (Canada)

  • C5 500m Time Trial: Silver
  • Team Sprint: Silver

2019 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Apeldoorn (Netherlands)

  • C5 500m Time Trial: Gold

2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari, Italy

  • C5 500m Time Trial: Gold

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