Sarah Storey becomes Great Britain's joint most successful Paralympian with 16th gold
Storey has the chance to claim the overall title on Thursday
Sarah Storey has become Great Britain's joint most successful paralympian after winning her 16th gold medal in the C5 time trial at Tokyo.
This has been the eighth Paralympic Games for the 43-year-old, with her latest win making her tied for the record alongside swimmer Mike Kenny.
Yes yes yes yes! I couldn’t have asked for a better course & prep to make this happen! Thank you to everyone who’s been involved in my time trial project! It’s been years in the making, so it feels extra special this morning 🥇🤩 https://t.co/3PL7UMSZji
— Dame Sarah Storey (@DameSarahStorey) August 31, 2021
Storey smashed the time trial, coming in at 92 seconds. British team-mate Crystal Lane-Wright who took silver.
"I never set out on this journey to be Britain's greatest Paralympian but to match the best man and to have more other medals is just a dream come true," said Storey.
Storey has now won 27 medals in total, 16 of them being gold. This puts her in a tie with Olympic legend Mike Kenny.
"Sweet 16. Can I be 16 again? As I said the other day, I would never have imagined getting to 15," she told the BBC.
"It is amazing. It was one of the most perfect days today, the conditions were perfect.
I have my own GIF 🤩 https://t.co/TojXHeSSvl
— Dame Sarah Storey (@DameSarahStorey) August 27, 2021
"The course is super quick. The corners were really grippy and I rode a really good line and carried speed. I got caught up in a bit of traffic at times perhaps as I was going a bit quicker than they had anticipated.
"I am just so chuffed. I have been preparing for this for such a long time. There have been so many parts to it, both my bike and physical preparations."
Storey now has the chance to top the tables in Thursday's road race, which could mean she unseats Kenny and becomes the sole owner of the illustrious title.
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