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Tokyo 2020: Sarah Storey becomes Britain's most successful Paralympian

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She’s done it! Dame Sarah Storey has become the most successful British Paralympian of all time, but her children missed her incredible achievement.

The GB Paralympian has broken the current record held by Mike Kenny after winning her 17th gold at the Tokyo games in the early hours of the morning whilst her kids were tucked up in bed.

Storey,43, from Manchester, claimed victory in the C4-C5 road race in treacherous weather conditions.

After the race Sarah was unable to “explain or compute” what had just happened, but said because of her “technical skills” the rain was to her advantage and she “loved racing” in the wet.

Dame Sarah’s teammate, Crystal Lane-Wright took silver in the race.

Ben Watson won gold for GB in the men’s C1-C3 road race with Finlay Graham picking up silver.

Before breaking Kenny’s record Dame Sarah said: "To reach that target - it's almost a target I didn't realise I needed - but it's so close now and it's really, really exciting to think this opportunity gives me this chance to take it.

"My biggest motivating factor is really to be the best version of me, to be able to produce my very best performances. But to be able to come out of it with some additional success is obviously hugely motivating.

"I know I will have done absolutely everything to the nth degree and rehearsed and rehearsed to make sure I produce the very best performance that I can, so hopefully the outcome can take care of itself."

Her three-year-old son Charlie was too young to witness to attend the games but Dame Sarah hopes he will be able to when she competes at Paris 2024.

Charlie is catching up with the action from the games with his eight-year-old sister Louise at home with their dad and former Paralympian Barney Storey.

Dame Sarah said: "Charlie really wants to go to the Games, so I've got to make sure that he can. It's a huge motivator when you see the delight of your children actually at an event that you're competing in and watching them take it all in.

"Being in Paris is a huge motivator just from a family perspective, as well as trying to keep continuing to push myself to be the best that I can be."

Dame Sarah also won the time-trial C5 event and the individual pursuit at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Taken gold, silver and bronze into account Dame Sarah Storey has won a total of 28 medals.