Sarah Storey wins her 17th Paralympics gold medal, 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.
Sarah Storey has claimed gold in every event she has competed in since making
her cycling debut in 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
‘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.’