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Tokyo 2020: Storey wins GB’s first gold

sarah storey holding her gold medal
sarah storey holding her gold medal Image credit: skysports.com

Sarah Storey has picked up the first gold medal for Britain at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 in the C5 3000m individual pursuit beating her competitor Crystal Lane-Wright.

Her win sees Storey claiming a 15th Paralympic title, one behind the British record held by Mike Kenny, who won 16 gold medals.

"It's quite overwhelming," Storey told Channel 4. "Being in an empty stadium we have to be prepared to race like that. Once you finish racing, it hits you that the stands are actually empty.

"Racing in a pandemic is hard. When you want to celebrate with people, you realise you can't. Of course you can celebrate with the team but there is a bigger team behind us and they are really missed.

"I broke the world record in Beijing, in London, in Rio and then this morning. It's been overwhelming to keep having to back that up and I never expected to go as fast as that today."

Her next race takes place on Thursday September 2 when Storey competes in the C5 road time trail.

Sarah was born without a fully functioning hand, in 1992 she started a professional swimming career winning 15 Paralympic medals, including five gold, competing in four games before taking up cycling in 2005.

British cyclists Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby came second in the B 4,000m pursuit, they were overtaken by Dutch duo Tristan Bangma and Patrick Bos who set a new world record.

Sarah Storey qualifying time of three minutes 27.057 seconds was almost four seconds faster than the world record she set in Rio.