Morris rules out medal challenge
Britain's Rachel Morris in action at Beijing 2008
Defending Paralympic champion Rachel Morris believes her London 2012 medal hopes disappeared when she was hit by a car, despite recovering in time to compete at the Games.
The 33-year-old, who won hand-cycling time-trial gold at the 2008 Paralympics, was competing near Guildford in July when her bike was struck on the offside and written off and she suffered whiplash and shoulder injuries.
Morris is set to compete in the September 5 H3 time-trial at Brands Hatch in a brand new hand-bike and in the H1-3 road race two days later at the Kent motor-racing circuit, which is being used to avoid the need to close roads.
Morris, who has reflex sympathetic dystrophy, told BBC Surrey: "Due to the accident I had, I think that my medal chances have disappeared.
"You don't know what's going to happen on the day, so I won't say definitely not, but realistically a medal is not going to happen. Having had the last five weeks I have leading into this, if I got any kind of medal it would be gold in my head."
Britain won 17 cycling gold medals out of 44 events in Beijing and are expected to challenge the tally in London.
Morris has a few more days of training to see if she can enter the medal mix, with four days of competition at the Velodrome and two days' rest before the road events begin on the seventh day of the Paralympics.
Chris Furber, lead coach of British Cycling's para-cycling team, told Press Association Sport: "She's certainly going to compete. She was back on the bike quite quickly after the accident and big thanks to the English Institute of Sport who have put her back together for us. Mentally she's a very tough cookie and there was absolutely no way that was going to stop her.
"Our biggest challenge was trying to find her a new bike, because the bike was a write-off. We worked with Top End, an American company, and they sent over a brand new bike for her that she looks good in, she's comfortable in. She raced at Blenheim Palace last weekend and she's training really hard now.
"It would be unrealistic for us to say it's not going to affect her performance. It is going to affect her performance, but at this point we don't know by how much."