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Kadeena Cox: 'I want to compete in both the Olympics and the Paralympics in Tokyo'

From BBC - March 16, 2018

Double Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox says she wants to compete at both the Olympics and Paralympics at Tokyo 2020.

Cox became the first Briton since 1988 to win medals in two sports at the same Paralympics with gold and bronze in athletics and cycling gold in Rio.

The 27-year-old has now set her sights on making the Team GB cycling squad.

"I want to do both in Tokyo," she told BBC Sport. "There's no standout female sprinter right now. There's a gap to be filled and why ca not I fill that gap?"

She added: "We all train together at the same venue and it's all done on times. If you are going fast enough, Team GB will take the fastest athletes.

"I want to be able to do the Olympics and then do the Paralympics after."

Cox set two world records when she won cycling gold in the C4-5 500m time trial at the Rio Paralympics and also triumphed in the T38 400m on the athletics track.

The dual athlete also won athletics silver in the T35-38 4x100m relay and bronze in the T38 100m.

"I had only been cycling for a year before I went to Rio," she added.

"So if I can get used to being on the bike and riding like an actual cyclist then who's to say I ca not be as good as those girls.

"The 500m time trial is not an Olympic event so I am working towards the team sprint. If I can get a second quicker, then I will be up there."

Cox was due to compete in the Para-athletics at next month's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast but was forced to withdraw from England's squad this week because of injury.

'Tough' funding two sports

Cox, who is continuing to train for both athletics and cycling, says the costs involved in competing in two sports are accumulating.

"I have never had a kit sponsor. I get kit sent to me by a company but they would not sign me on a proper deal. It's frustrating," she added.

"I only get funding for one sport, that funding is athletics so it all adds up. It's tough when you do not have a sponsor.

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