Paralympic cyclist Kadeena Cox dedicates gold to sick grandpa

This is for you, Grandpa! Paralympic cyclist Kadeena Cox dedicates gold to her ailing grandfather after breaking her own world record in Tokyo

  • She said she got a boost from a video message from her grandpa Terry
  • Miss Cox took victory in cycling time trial and smashed her own world record
  • She also won gold for Great Britain in cycling and athletics in Rio 2016










Cyclist Kadeena Cox led another British medal rush in Tokyo yesterday, then dedicated her gold medal to her grandfather.

The 30-year-old said she was given a boost by a special video message from her grandfather Terry.

Miss Cox, who won gold for Great Britain in cycling and athletics in Rio 2016, took the time trial victory and broke her own world record.

She was the first of three British gold medals yesterday, followed by swimmers Hannah Russell and Reece Dunn.

Fellow swimmer Bethany Firth and rider Natasha Baker took silver in their events and their teammates took six bronze medals, leaving Great Britain second in the medals after China.

Cyclist Kadeena Cox led another British medal rush in Tokyo yesterday, then dedicated her gold medal to her grandfather. The 30-year-old said she was boosted by a special video message from her grandfather Terry

Miss Cox, who has multiple sclerosis, said she watched video messages from her family in Leeds prior to her performance at the velodrome, which helped her retain her title from Rio.

She said she had been concerned about her grandfather Terry Mintus, 73, who had been hospitalized with cancer.

She fought back tears as she told Channel 4: ‘I got a lot of messages from my family. My grandpa hasn’t been well, he’s been in and out of the hospital while I was here.

“He messaged me and just said, ‘Go get the gold’. So this one is for my grandfather. I love him, he is one of my biggest supporters.’

Mintus, a former heavyweight boxer who was ranked third in Britain in the 1970s, has left hospital and is back home with his wife Pearline.

The grandfather of 12 told the Daily Mail: ‘I am stunned at what Kadeena has done. Me and her grandmother were surprised.

Miss Cox, who has multiple sclerosis, said she watched video messages from her family in Leeds prior to her performance at the velodrome, which helped her retain her title from Rio.  She said she had been concerned about her grandfather Terry Mintus, 73, who had been hospitalized with cancer

Miss Cox, who has multiple sclerosis, said she watched video messages from her family in Leeds prior to her performance at the velodrome, which helped her retain her title from Rio. She said she had been concerned about her grandfather Terry Mintus, 73, who had been hospitalized with cancer

Mintus, a former heavyweight boxer who finished third in Britain in the 1970s, has been released from hospital and has returned home to his wife Pearline.

Mintus, a former heavyweight boxer who finished third in Britain in the 1970s, has been released from hospital and has returned home to his wife Pearline.

“I’m stunned that she dedicated the gold medal to me.”

Miss Cox competed as a non-disabled athlete until 2014, when she suffered a stroke and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

She then battled an eating disorder and a career-threatening knee injury, which she sustained while participating in the Channel 4 ski jumping show The Jump.

Elsewhere, bronze medals were won by Jessica-Jane Applegate and Stephen Clegg in the pool, cyclist and former paratrooper Jaco Van Gass in his time trial on the velodrome, sprinter Maria Lyle, powerlifter Olivia Broome and wheelchair fencing team Piers Gilliver, Dimitri Coutya and Oliver Lam- Watson.

Additional reporting by Mark Lister.

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