What a Lady… Sarah wins her 15th gold medal.
DAME After winning her 15th gold medal in an incredible Paralympic Games career, Sarah Storey was acclaimed as a “superhuman.”
Sarah’s latest achievement in Tokyo, where she smashed her world record her route to retaining the women’s C5 3000m individual pursuit gold at the Izu Velodrome, wowed British Cycling chief executive Brian Facer.
If the 43-year-old successfully defends her C5 time trial and C4-5 road race titles next week, she would have won 17 gold medals in all, one more than swimmer Mike Kenny won between 1976 and 1988.
“She’s just superhuman,” Mr Facer remarked. It’s incredible that you had the mindset, the talent, and the body to keep going when others would have given up and retired.
“It demonstrates to us all that if we put in the effort, we can do great things in our own life. Dame Sarah Storey is a role model.”
A tear-jerking Dame “Trying to keep pushing on the pedals to go faster and faster has been overwhelming,” Sarah remarked. I never expected to go as quickly this morning as I did, but I’m glad I did.”
In a repeat of the outcome from the 2016 Paralympics, she beat out fellow Briton Crystal Lane-Wright for silver.
“As much as I’m up against Sarah, it’s always me vs me,” Crystal explained. That is my medal for setting such a high personal best.”
On the first day of the Games, Great Britain had a great showing, earning six medals.
In the men’s B 4000m individual pursuit, GB’s defending winners Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby took silver.
Toni Shaw, 18, won our first pool medal in her debut Paralympics, taking bronze in the S9 400m freestyle. In his Paralympic debut, Reece Dunn almost missed out on gold in the men’s S14 100m butterfly.
Tully Kearney, 24, was content with silver in the S5 200m freestyle despite missing Rio 2016 due to injuries.
Britain won 147 medals in Rio and 120 in London 2012.