Leeds’s own Kadeena Cox certainly has something to smile about after earning herself a place in the history books.
She stormed her way to victory with a record-breaking 400m run to win her second gold of the 2016 Rio Paralympic games.
Cox had already become the first Briton to win medals in two sports at the same Paralympics since 1988, after bagging bronze in the T38 100 metres.
And yesterday the 25-year-old, who has multiple sclerosis, bagged a gold in the women’s T38 400m at the Olympic Stadium after winning track cycling’s C4-5 last week.
Leeds City Council leader, councillor Judith Blake, said: “What more can we say about the performances of Leeds and Chapeltown’s Kadeena Cox? To compete in one sport is hard enough, but to take part in two and win medals is absolutely unbelievable.
!This just shows what an outstanding athlete she is, and why we are so very proud of her.”
In the 400m she clocked a world record of 1:00.71, beating the mark set by Russia’s Margarita Goncharova when winning the European title in Italy in June.
The athlete had dreams of making the Olympic team in Rio, only to suffer stroke symptoms in May 2014 after competing in Loughborough.
Soon after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
But little more than a year later she became world champion in the T37 category at the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Doha.
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