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Storey becomes Britain’s most successful Paralympian with 17th gold

Tokyo Paralympics: Sarah Storey becomes joint most successful British Paralympian with 16th gold



arah Storey became Britain’s most successful Paralympian in history with gold in the C4-5 road race in treacherous conditions in Tokyo on Thursday, her third gold of these Games.

Storey had equalled Mike Kenny with a 16th gold in winning the time trial earlier in the week and added a road race gold to take her tally to 17 and 28 medals in all in what is her eighth Paralympics.

She had to claw back a 75-second deficit on Germany’s Kerstin Brachtendorf with just two of the six laps remaining but timed the chase perfectly to take the win ahead of fellow Briton Crystal Lane-Wright.

“I’m a bit overwhelmed,” said Storey after the race. “I feel like it’s happening to someone else. I can’t really explain or compute anything about the race but crossing the line first felt so good.


“My mum and dad said to me when I was 12, when I wasn’t winning anything in school – I’d been swimming and couldn’t make national age groups – and they just kept saying to me ‘focus on you Sarah, just focus on yours best’ and that’s what I keep on doing.”

Ahead of the race, she had made no secret of her desire for that record 17th gold but had warned in a road race that “anything can happen”.

Unlike in the individual pursuit on the track and the time trial at Fuji International Speedway, she was not able to dominate proceedings from start to finish.

But Lane-Wright set a strong pace with two laps left to reel in the long-time leader and then break away with Storey before Storey went clear to win by five seconds after nearly two-and-a-half hours of racing.

For Lane-Wright, it was the end of her career while Storey has already declared her ambitions to race on to the Paris Games in three years’ time.


It proved another strong day for Britain’s cyclists as Ben Watson won his second gold in Tokyo in another British one-two with Fin Graham.