Paralympics GB: Record-Breaking Gold For Storey


Her latest victory came in the C5 3,000m individual pursuit final in Rio.

The win saw her pass former wheelchair racer Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson as the British female with the most Paralympic golds.

Storey said: “I’ve not thought about being the most decorated Paralympian until two days ago, Tanni’s still a hero for me.

“To go quicker than London after having my daughter Louisa is the icing on the cake.

“You can never underestimate anyone on the other side of the track. It’s amazing and I don’t think it will sink for a very long time.”

It was Britain’s second gold medal of the night after track cyclist Megan Giglia won the C1-3 individual pursuit.

Last night, the double world record holder wrote on Instagram that she would be dedicating her performance to a young boy recovering from a stroke.

She wrote he had “given me extra motivation to succeed”, adding: “This one’s for you Alasdair.”

Storey qualified in a world-record time of three minutes 31.394 seconds – more than 17 seconds quicker than fellow Brit Crystal Lane.

She overtook her team-mate before the halfway point in the final to make history.

Lane, appearing in her second Paralympics, won her first medal with silver.

Britain claimed a fourth medal in the velodrome as Steve Bate and his tandem pilot Adam Duggleby took gold in the 4km pursuit. 

They were the fastest qualifiers, setting a new world record of 4:08.146 in the process.

Another gold followed in the swimming pool as Ollie Hynd won Britain’s fourth with victory in the S8 400m freestyle.  

Hynd lowered his own world record to touch first in 4:21.89 and improve on the silver he won at London 2012.

“I don’t think there has been a day where I have not thought about London and how disappointed I was not to get the gold so it makes it all worth it now,” he said.

“I’m so happy with the time. I wanted to go under 4:20 if I’m honest but a world record, I’m happy with that. I can’t wait to get on the podium and get my medal.”

Bethany Firth won the S14 100m backstroke, with team-mate Jessica-Jane Applegate taking bronze.

The successes took the swimmers’ total on day one to five medals after Stephanie Millward claimed bronze in the women’s S8 400m freestyle and Harriet Lee silver in the SB9 100m breaststroke.

News Source SkyNews

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