James Ball

James’ appearance at Rio 2016 comes four years after his dreams of a Paralympic Games debut at London 2012 were dashed by injury.

Four years ago, though, he was dreaming of a track of another kind, in his role as a sprinter.

James had been anticipating stepping out onto the track at the Olympic Stadium until a grade three hamstring tear scuppered his chances.

He persisted with athletics until a further string of injuries in 2015 left him distraught and unsure of his future.

The visually-impaired athlete switched sports to cycling just 12 months ago though, after being spotted by British Cycling.

He quickly earned himself a spot on their World Class Performance Programme, in Manchester, and was selected for the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, in March this year.

The Welshman’s selection had been based on a promising performance at the Manchester Para-cycling International in November, last year.

And James justified his selection with a bronze medal in the tandem sprint, accompanied by pilot Craig MacLean.

Major results

2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari, Italy
Tandem B sprint

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