Great Britain’s Kadeena Cox retained her Paralympic women’s C4-5 500m time trial title at the Izu Velodrome, a world-record-breaking final run securing the first half of what Cox hopes will be another Olympic multisport double.
Cox was the last to ride in Friday’s final, having qualified fastest, but showed no sign of pressure with a blistering time of 34.433sec to take gold by over a second. Canada’s Kate O’Brien took silver, with Caroline Groot of the Netherlands winning bronze.
Cox will switch her focus to athletics next week, when she will run in the women’s T38 400m at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium in an attempt to match her golden double at the Rio Games in 2016.
Earlier in Izu, Britain’s Jaco van Gass added a bronze in the men’s C1-3 1,000m time trial to the pursuit gold he won on Thursday. China’s Zhangyo Li took the gold, with Alexandre Leaute claiming silver.