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Last Updated: Friday, 11 May 2007, 16:38 GMT 17:38 UK
Cundy stars as GB cyclists excel
By Elizabeth Hudson
BBC Sport in Manchester

Jody Cundy
Cundy has won Paralympic gold in swimming
Great Britain's cyclists were in record-breaking form at the Paralympic World Cup at the Manchester Velodrome.

The team claimed seven golds and set three world records on their home track with former swimmer Jody Cundy the star of the show.

Cundy, who only made his GB debut last year, won gold in the men's kilometre time trial in a new world record time.

He then teamed up with Darren Kenny and Rik Waddon to repeat the feat in the team sprint.

The 28-year-old smashed his own LC2 kilo world record of one minute 10.255 seconds with a new time of 1:09.028 to claim victory.

The sprint team set a new mark of 52.096 seconds in the heats before comfortably beating Spain in the final.

"I'm still new to the sport and I'm changing the set-up on my bike all the time. The more training I am doing the faster I am going," admitted Cundy.

"The last four or five weeks of training have gone well and I had set a series of personal bests so I knew I just had to put four good laps in again but beating the world record by as much as I did was a bonus."

Another former swimmer Sarah Bailey also captured two gold medals in the LC1 2,000m pursuit and the 500m time trial.

I missed out on competing at this event last year with a broken collarbone so it is good to put in a show in front of a home crowd

Sarah Bailey

Bailey was in a class of her own in the pursuit, catching American Greta Neimanas with two laps remaining before claiming a four-second win in the time trial

"These performances show that my training over the winter has put me well on track for this season but it is only a stepping stone for the rest of the season," she said.

"All of our training is geared towards the World Championships in France later this year which will be a big competition ahead of Beijing.

"I missed out on competing at this event last year with a broken collarbone so it is good to put in a show in front of a home crowd."

There were also gold medals for sprint tandem pairings Aileen McGlynn and Ellen Hunter and Anthony Kappes and Barney Storey with Kappes and Storey also setting a world record in their event.

The pair bettered their own mark of 10.411 seconds by one-thousand of a second to set a world record at this event for the third year in a row and get the better of Australians Ben Demery and Shaun Hopkins.

"We're surprised to have got a world record because it was colder than we would have wanted. If it had been warmer, we might have gone quicker," said Kappes.

"The Australians have caught up with us since we raced them over there earlier this year and the sprints were closer than we wanted.

"But this is where we knuckle down to some hard work and we know where we can improve to get things right for the Worlds."

Britain's Gary Williams also secured gold after getting the better of compatriot Darren Kenny in the 3,000m pursuit final for the combined CP3/LC1 category while Mark Bristow won two bronzes in the kilo time trial and the scratch race.

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