Two students from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) have been on the podium in Rio at this summer’s Paralympics, twice each.
Cycling pilot Helen Scott was the first to secure a medal for Team MMU, claiming gold with Sophie Thornhill in the Tandem B Kilo. The pair later went on to also win a Bronze medal in the individual pursuit.
Friday 9 September and Saturday 10 September were Kadeena Cox’s two days of glory. On the Friday, she clinched bronze in her athletics 100m T37 event. Just a day later, Kadeena added a gold to her medal collection, when she smashed the world record in the C4-5 500m Time Trial.
On Wednesday 14 September, Kadeena went one step further, becoming the champion of the women’s 400m T38, as well as smashing another world record in the event.
By securing a medal in both athletics and cycling, the MMU scholar succeeded in becoming the first Brit since 1988 to win a medal in two different sports, at same Paralympics.
Sadly, the third of MMU’s Paralympians set to compete in Rio had to withdraw, after her neurological condition, plus a shoulder injury, stopped her training.
Swimmer Tully Kearney was devastated that she wasn’t able to take part, saying, “I did everything in my power to get to Rio, but it just wasn’t to be”. The Physiology student will now be doing everything she can to regain fitness for the next big competition.
It’s been a fantastic Paralympics for Team GB so far, who currently sit in an incredible second place in the medal table.