Exclusive: Kadeena Cox aiming to take up long jump ahead of Gold Coast 2018 - We Are England
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26.07.2017 Exclusive: Kadeena Cox aiming to take up long jump ahead of Gold Coast 2018
Kadeena Cox

Fresh off the back of taking the world silver medal in the T38 100m final at the World Para Athletics Championships, Kadeena Cox tells Team England that she’s aiming to give the T38 long jump a try at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Cox, 26, is already established as one of the nation’s leading para athletics sprinters with Paralympic and world titles to her name but has confirmed that she would like to add another discipline to her impressive achievements.

“I am really looking forward to hopefully going to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and potentially I am going to take up the long jump," said Cox.

“After all, I am going all that way so I might as well do something else than run for 13 seconds. Training for the long jump starts as soon as I get back from here (London 2017).”

Having only previously competed for Great Britain, Kadeena is excited to represent Team England in Australia.

“It’s totally different but I am English born-and-bred so I would love to be able to represent Team England.

“I wanted to do it as an able-bodied athlete, so I still want to do it as a para-athlete.

"It’s a great opportunity to represent England, wear the lion and I am really excited.”

Cox, also a Paralympic cycling champion, is confident about her chances to medal at Gold Coast 2018 both on the athletics track and in the field.

“With my abilities and my speed, I should be able to hit a good long jump.

"My coach’s wife is a jump coach and reckons I could jump far so I think I could possibly do something.

"I jumped well as an able-bodied athlete, so there is no reason I can’t do it now.

“I am hoping that I can pull it out of the bag and get medals in both, that would be pretty amazing.”