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Leeds Beckett athletes looking for Paralympic Games glory


The Summer Paralympics got underway on Wednesday with the opening ceremony held at the Maracana Stadium in Rio.

Sarah Storey

It is the 15th edition of the games with Leeds Beckett University students and alumni among those looking for success in Brazil.

Here’s who to look out for...

Kadeena Cox, BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science 2013, Athletics and Cycling
Kadeena is hoping to become the first British competitor since 1988 to win medals in two sports at the same Paralympics. Back then, Isabel Barr won in shooting and athletics in Seoul. Kadeena will compete in athletics and cycling and has a packed schedule – she competes in the T38 100m, 400m and 4x100m relay and C4/5 500m time trial and road race over the course of nine days from 8 September.

Dame Sarah Storey, BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science 1999, Cycling
Sarah is one gold medal away from being the most decorated female Paralympian of all time after equalling Tanni Grey-Thompson’s gold tally in London four years ago. She has won 11 gold, eight silver and three bronze medals across an impressive six Paralympics and is looking to defend her four cycling titles in the individual C5 pursuit, C4/5 500m time trial, C5 individual road time trial and C4/5 individual road race.

David Stone MBE, MA Sport Business 2010, Cycling
David has won three gold medals and one bronze at Paralympic Games in Beijing and London. He took a break from the sport in 2015 but returned to competition in May 2016 and now has his eye on more medals in Rio in the T2 class.

Ali Jawad, BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science student, Powerlifting
Ali has high hopes for a medal having qualified for the -59kg class and won gold at the World Championships in 2014 and European Championships in 2015. Ali, diagnosed with Crohn’s disease after his first Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008, missed out on silver at London 2012 after controversially seeing two crucial lifts dismissed.

Antony Cotterill, part-time language student, Wheelchair Tennis
Antony, 36, is set for his Paralympic debut after being selected for the 10-strong tennis squad bound for Rio.

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