Dame Sarah Storey successfully matches Mike Kenny’s British record of SIXTEEN Paralympic gold in the Tokyo Games C5 time trial… and she could make history in Thursday’s road race!
- Dame Sarah Storey’s dominance of her sport continued as she won the C5 time trial
- She’s one gold away from surpassing swimmer Mike Kenny’s British record
- She will overshadow Kenny if she wins Thursday’s road race and is the favourite
An overjoyed Dame Sarah Storey stormed to a record-equaling 16th Paralympic gold on Tuesday and asked, ‘Sweet 16?! Can I be 16 again?’
The cyclist continued to completely dominate her sport when she won the C5 time trial by more than a minute and a half.
She is now one gold away from surpassing the British record set by swimmer Mike Kenny in the 70s and 80s. She will overshadow Kenny if she wins Thursday’s road race and is the big favourite.
Dame Sarah Storey equaled Mike Kenny’s British record of 16 Paralympic gold medals on Tuesday
The cyclist’s total dominance in her sport continued as she won the C5 time trial in Japan
Storey celebrates her record win on the podium at the medal ceremony
Dame Sarah said: ‘I never started on this journey to become Britain’s greatest Paralympic but to match best man and get more other medals is just a dream come true.’
Could that be Thursday? “Who knows in a road race?” she said.
“I came into cycling as a 27-year-old and I feel like I’ve been given the opportunity to develop and keep pedaling efficiently; the way I deal with the technical sections, all those things come together.
‘All the preparations we do for that. It is hard work. We have traveled extensively with the kids in the run-up to this to get to the racecourses that are most suitable. I’m just really happy.’
The 43-year-old had children after her gold in London and Rio. Luisa is now eight and Charlie is four.
But Dame Sarah said after her second gold from these Tokyo Paralympic Games that she is “too old” to have more now. That suggests she can focus on pursuing 20 gold.
Briton Crystal Lane-Wright (left) took silver, as in the individual track pursuit
Storey said conditions at the Fuji International Speedway track had been “perfect,” with cloud cover protecting her from the past days’ brutal heat and minimal wind. Her biggest obstacle was the stragglers of the C2 men’s time trial, which preceded her.
She said: “The corners were very grippy and I had a really good line and had speed. I got stuck in a bit of traffic at times, maybe because I was going a little faster than they expected.
“They time it incredibly well so you don’t get confused with the guys. I was at the end of the guys. I had to keep my head up, know the rules, stay out of trouble and finish well.’
Storey said conditions on the Fuji International Speedway course were ‘perfect’
She said she had been constantly looking for ways to shorten her time and stay competitive, with her husband and coach Barney as key to this.
“We’ve refined my position (in the saddle),” said Dame Sarah. ‘We’ve been in a wind tunnel. We took a new set-up on the handlebars, which has also worked incredibly well on the track.
“We’ve refined everything we can do to try to speed things up and keep up speed.”
Briton Crystal Lane-Wright, so often Storey’s bride’s bridesmaid in competition, took silver behind her, just as she did in the individual pursuit last week.
Kirstin Brachtendorf, who appears to be the biggest obstacle for Storey to break Kenny’s record on Thursday, finished third.
Storey is now one gold away from surpassing swimmer Mike Kenny’s British record