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Darren Kenny gunning for CP World's medals

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
June 29, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 0:00 BST
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Latest Cycling News for June 29, 2005

British Paralympic cyclist Darren Kenny aims to add medals at the Cerebral Palsy World Championships...

British Paralympic cyclist Darren Kenny aims to add medals at the Cerebral Palsy World Championships to his list of achievements. The 35 year-old from Dorset is a member of the three-strong British cycling team who will compete at the CP World Championships in Connecticut, USA at the beginning of next month.

It will be the first time Darren has competed at the CP World Championships, where he lines up along with fellow CP 3 rider David Stone as well as CP 4 rider Rik Waddon in the GB team.

"We have been concentrating on making sure we're in the best possible shape and I'm feeling great," said Darren. "I have done for most of the year now. Everything is going to plan. We seem to be going pretty well at the moment, so we're pretty hopeful."

Darren hopes to get the opportunity to go head to head with his main rival ­ Javier Otxoa at the CP World Champs ­ after illness forced the Spaniard to miss the inaugural Visa Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in May. "You can only beat people who turn up ­ but it's always better if the best riders are there. I would rather he be there than not," said Darren.

Darren was one of Britain's best athletes at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, winning a personal tally of two gold medals and a silver, and setting a pair of world records in the process. He also was in good form at the inaugural Visa Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in May, winning the CP3 200m time trial in a world record and also winning the CP3 3000m pursuit and 1km time trial finals. He and Rik Waddon, joined by Mark Bristow, also set a world record in the team sprint final.

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