Dame Sarah Storey has put in another world record-breaking performance to claim her 15th Paralympic victory.
The Eccles cyclist has bagged Team GB’s first gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
After smashing her own world best record in the qualifying rounds leading up to the medal race, Storey beat teammate Crystal Lane-Wright in what was a rematch of the 2016 Rio Paralymics final to retain her C5 3,000m individual pursuit crown.
The defending champion shaved more than four seconds off her own world record in qualifying, powering over the line in 3:27.057 to clinch gold.
Storey – whose illustrious career began as a swimmer and has now spanned eight Paralympic Games – flew out of the blocks and mercilessly chased down her teammate to secure another spot at the top of the podium.
She is now just one medal behind Mike Kenny’s British record of 16 Paralympic golds.
Despite already cementing her place in the history books, 43-year-old Storey will have a chance to surpass Kenny next week when she attempts to defend her C5 time trial and C4-5 road race crowns.
Storey’s journey to becoming Britain’s most successful female Paralympian is a truly inspiring feat.
Born without a functioning left hand after her arm became entangled in the umbilical cord in the womb, she began her Paralympic career in the pool at the 1992 Barcelona Games, and at just aged just 14, she won two gold medals, three silvers and a bronze.
She continued in the pool for three subsequent Paralympics, winning 15 medals – including five golds – before switching to cycling in 2005.
She was made a Dame following her achievements at the London 2012 Paralympics.
“It’s hard to put into words after a race,” Storey said after the final.
“For me as an individual, I’ve won a medal at every single Games I’ve been to and this is my fourth time winning the individual pursuit in a row. I broke the world record in Beijing, in London, in Rio and this morning, so for me it’s been quite overwhelming to try and keep backing that up and keep pushing on the pedals to go faster and faster.
“I never expected to go as quick as I did this morning but I’m so glad that I did.”
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