LEFT OUT: Paralympic hero Jody Cundy not selected for London 2012 Team Sprint trio
PARALYMPIC legend Jody Cundy has been left out of TeamGB’s trio for the Team Sprint at London 2012.
Cundy was a key part of the British side that smashed the Team Sprint world record to bring back gold from Beijing in 2008.
But rule changes left the Walpole St Andrew star facing a fight for his place and he was pipped by Jon-Allan Butterworth in the TeamGB trials last week.
The shock omission means Cundy will challenge for just two medals at London 2012 - in the 1km Time Trial (kilo) and the 4km Pursuit - unless the decision is reversed.
The UCI - the governing body for cycling - altered the Team Sprint rules last year, changing the “points” tariff by which riders are selected.
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The change meant Cundy and team-mate Butterworth, who are both “worth” four points, would have to go head-to-head for one place, rather than line up alongside each other.
Cundy faced a tough task against Butterworth, who is in a different disability category, but he still got within three hundredths of a second of hanging onto his place.
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TeamGB’s performance manager Gareth Sheppard said there was “literally nothing between the two athletes” but it was a decision they had to make.
Cundy, who is currently training at the TeamGB holding camp in Newport, tweeted on Friday: “Well **** day finally over with more **** news. Looks like only 2 chances in London, and no defence of the team sprint.”
The 33-year-old, who had his foot amputated when he was three, won three Paralympic gold medals as a swimmer before switching his attention to the velodrome. He is an 11-time world champion.
Cundy revealed the newly-painted prosthetic leg he will use to compete at London 2012 last week.