Tokyo Paralympics: Sarah Storey wins fifteenth Paralympic gold

Tokyo Paralympics: Sarah Storey wins fifteenth Paralympic gold

Breaking newsVenue: Tokyo, Japan Dates: 24 August-5 September Time in Tokyo: BST +8Protection: Observe on Radio 5 Dwell and on the BBC Sport web site

Sarah Storey put in one other world record-breaking efficiency on her method to claiming her fifteenth Paralympic title – Britain’s first gold of Tokyo 2020.

She beat team-mate Crystal Lane-Wright within the last to retain her C5 3,000m particular person pursuit crown, after beating her personal world finest in qualifying.

The 43-year-old is only one behind Mike Kenny’s British file of 16 golds.

There was additionally silver for tandem pair Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby within the B 4,000m pursuit.

Bate and Duggleby have been defending champions however the Dutch pair of Tristan Bangma and Patrick Bos, who set a world file in qualifying, caught the Britons within the last.

The opening day of motion on the Izu Velodrome belonged to Storey although. She began the ultimate in decided vogue and caught Lane-Wright after 1,750m of their race.

Storey subsequent goes on Tuesday within the C5 street time trial – one other occasion the place she is defending champion – earlier than the street race on Thursday, 2 September.

Storey, who was born with no absolutely functioning left hand, began her profession as a swimmer at Barcelona in 1992 and competed at 4 Video games, successful 15 Paralympic medals, together with 5 golds, earlier than switching to biking in 2005.

Since then she has been nearly unbeatable each on the observe and the street and her qualifying time of three minutes 27.057 seconds was nearly 4 seconds sooner than the world file she set in Rio.

For Lane-Wright, it’s the second silver medal at consecutive Video games within the occasion.

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