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 recent IPC Athletics European Championships. With aspirations to compete in para-athletics and para-cycling at the Games, Rio could be a monumental occasion for Cox.
Kadeena 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.
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