• London Paralympics 2012

Major medal hope Cundy launches rant after DQ

ESPN staff
August 31, 2012
Jody Cundy fails to control his anger © PA Photos

Jody Cundy, one of Britain's top gold medal hopes at the Paralympic Games, launched into an expletive-laden rant after he was disqualified from the men's C4/5 one-kilometre time trial on Friday.

Cundy, one of the leaders of the British cycling squad, was denied a restart after he had a problem at the start of the time trial. Coach Chris Furber argued the issue was due to equipment failure, but commissaries ruled to the contrary.

As a result Cundy, a lower leg amputee and C4 rider, expressed his protestations in no uncertain terms in front of a shocked crowd at the Velodrome. His rant was supported by a series of boos as his bid for a third Paralympic cycling title was derailed.

With Cundy sidelined, Spaniard Alfonso Cabello posted a C5 world record to claim gold with current world champion Jon-Allan Butterworth taking silver for GB. Bronze went to China's Liu Xinyang.

There was better news for Mark Colbourne, who claimed gold in the men's C1 3km individual pursuit. Colbourne had already won silver in the C1-2-3 1km time trial on day one, and he posted a world record of 3:53.881 to see off the challenge of China's Li Zhang Yu.

Elsewhere in cycling, Shaun McKeown and Darren Kenny took silver and gold respectively in the men's individual C3 pursuit, while Jon-Allan Butterworth won silver in the men's individual C4-5 1km time trial, and Aileen McGlynn and Helen Scott followed suit in the women's individual B 1km time trial.

Hannah Cockroft claimed GB's first gold of the track and field competition, winning the T34 100m title in a new Paralympic record of 18.05s, and Aled Davies claimed bronze in the shot put.

And in the pool, GB tallied four silvers and a bronze, with defending men's 400m freestyle S8 champion Sam Hynd being forced to settle for bronze.

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