Tokyo Paralympics: Sarah Storey wins 17th gold and becomes Britain’s most successful Paralympian


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Venue: Tokyo, Japan Dates: August 24-5. September Weather in Tokyo: BST +8
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Sarah Storey won her 17th Paralympic gold and became the most successful British Paralympian of all time.

The 43-year-old has defended the women’s C4-5 road race title she has held since London in 2012 by putting her gold ahead of previous record holder Mike Kenny.

Britain’s Crystal-Lane Wright finished seven seconds behind her and took the silver.

It was a GB one-two in the men’s C1-3 race, Ben Watson won second gold with Fin Graham winning silver in terrible conditions in Tokyo.

“I’m a little overwhelmed, I feel like it’s happening to someone else,” Storey told Channel 4.

“I can’t explain anything or calculate anything about the race, but crossing the border was so good.”

Storey’s gold medal was her third at these Paralympic Games, which are her eighth games since she debuted in Barcelona in 1992 as a swimmer.

She won an individual quest on the track before looking for gold on the chronometer and equaled Kenny’s record.

Storey now has a total of 28 Paralympic medals and has won nothing but gold since making her cycling Paralympic debut in Beijing in 2008.

The table shows the five British athletes with the most Paralympic gold medals: Sarah Storey is first with 17, followed by Mike Kenny with 16, Lee Pearson with 15 and Tanni Gray-Thompson and David Roberts, who both have 11
Sarah Storey and Lee Pearson added three gold medals each to their results in Tokyo

Known terms such as Storey are authorized for the title

By weather more similar to her home near Manchester, with rain and thick fog making it difficult to see at first, Storey was in the front pack from the start, along with Lane-Wright.

The British pair allowed German Kerstin Brachtendorf to break away by the end of the second of six laps, gaining a 25-second advantage at the checkpoint.

The 49-year-old extended that lead to more than a minute in the middle of the race phase, and Storey led the onslaught group with Lane-Wright who is constantly at the wheel.

As the rain got heavier, they failed to pull in Brachtendorf, and the gap opened for another 10 seconds after four laps.

But Lane-Wright hit the front of the hunters with a significant tempo injection and her burst made a big difference as the pack quickly caught up with Brachtendorf and left five riders competing for medals at the end of the penultimate lap.

Then the British duo found second gear, Lane-Wright and Storey separated to open up a comfortable advantage coming to the finish line at Fuji International Speedway.

Storey hit the air as she crossed the line in two hours, 21 minutes and 51 seconds.

France’s Marie Patouillet won bronze, nearly two minutes after Storey finished, and Brachtendorf’s fifth with an early pace.

More to come.

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