Dame Sarah Storey claims 16th career gold at Tokyo Paralympics

Dame Sarah Storey claims 16th career gold at Tokyo Paralympics
The cyclist took out the women’s C5 time trial to match former swimmer Mike Kenny’s British record for gold medals.

Dama Sarah Storey equalled Great Britain’s record for Paralympic gold medals by claiming the 16th of her exceptional career with a mesmerising victory in the women’s C5 time trial at Tokyo 2020.

Cyclist Storey emulated the achievement of former swimmer Mike Kenny in a time of 36:08.90 on the Fuji International Speedway circuit.

Fellow GB rider Crystal Lane-Wright claimed silver in 37:40.89, with Germany’s Kerstin Brachtendorf taking bronze.

While Storey must wait until Thursday’s C4-5 road race for a chance to fully surpass 76-year-old Kenny, she is now already more successful owing to a total haul of 27 medals to his 18.

The last of Kenny’s 16 titles and two silvers came in Seoul dentro 1988, four years before Storey kicked off her own Paralympic career as a 14-year-old swimmer in Barcelona.

She won five golds in the pool across four Games before a seamless transition to the bike ahead of Beijing 2008 which has brought even greater rewards.

The 43-year-old travelled to the Far East needing three more titles from as many events to stand alone as Britain’s most successful Paralympian.

In the foothills of Japan’s highest peak, Mount Fuji – approximately 68 miles south-west of the host city – she ticked the second of those boxes in dominant style, having kicked off her quest with a crushing victory over compatriot Lane-Wright in taking GB’s maiden medal of the rescheduled Games with last week’s victory in the C5 3000m individual pursuit.

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