Sarah Storey wins historic 17th gold to make history for Great Britain

Sarah Storey wins historic 17th gold to make history for Great Britain

September 2, 2021

Sarah Storey has become Great Britain’s most successful Paralympian of all time after winning her 17th gold.

The 43-year-old finished first in the women’s C4-5 road race, defending the title for the third successive Games to put her one ahead of previous record holder Mike Kenny.

It is her third gold of the 2020 Paralympic Games, having finished first in the individual pursuit and time-trial events.

Storey has claimed gold in every event she has completed in since making her cycling debut at Beijing 2008, winning 28 medals in all.

Her record-breaking medal was won in horrific weather conditions in Tokyo, with teammate Crystal Lane-Wright taking silver as the pair pulled away from the competition on the final lap of the circuit having broken away from Germany’s Kerstin Brachtendorf.

‘I don’t know if it’s sunk in. It’s something everyone has been talking about since Rio when it became a mathematical possibility with me doing three more events in Tokyo,’ Storey told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Paralympic Breakfast.

‘But you can’t take anything for granted and although I knew I had the capability to shut down the gap to Kerstin, when your legs don’t feel as good as they have done in the time trial and then the individual pursuit, then you think today is not my day.

‘It’s one of those situations where I don’t know whether it will sink in when I get home, or whether it will be in a few months or even never at all.

‘I just feel immensely proud and also immensely grateful to have so much support and to have such a great team around me and also a great team back at home.

‘They’re the ones who are able to make this possible, by putting me on the start line in a position to go for it, so I’m a little bit lost for words in many ways.’

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