ParalympicsGB: Dame Sarah Storey to be Britain’s greatest Paralympic EVER

Dame Sarah Storey becomes Britain’s greatest Paralympic EVER after claiming the SEVENTEENTH gold medal in the C4-5 road race as 43-year-old Mike Kenny breaks record in Tokyo

Dame Sarah Storey made history by becoming Britain’s most successful Paralympics after recovering to claim the 17th gold of her glittering career at Tokyo 2020.

Cycling star Storey followed German veteran Kerstin Brachtendorf by 75 seconds into a stage of the C4-5 road race at the rain-soaked Fuji International Speedway, but underlined her class to take glory in a finishing time of 2:21:51.

Fellow Briton Crystal Lane-Wright took her third silver of the Games by crossing the line seven seconds off the pace, while France’s Marie Patouillet completed the podium in 2:23:49.

Dame Sarah Storey became Britain’s greatest ever Paralympic ever with her 17th gold


1992 Paralympic Games

– 100m backstroke

– 200m individual medley

1996 Paralympic Games

– 100m breaststroke

– 100m backstroke

On an extraordinary morning there was also a British one-two in the men’s C1-3 event, with Benjamin Watson taking gold in 2:04:23, a minute and 20 seconds ahead of compatriot Fin Graham.

Mother-of-two Storey had matched Mike Kenny’s long-standing British record of 16 golds on Tuesday by winning the C5 time trial at this venue.

The 43-year-old was already more decorated than swimmer Kenny entering her third and final event of the Games thanks to a larger pool of medals, standing at 27 to 18 for the race.

She was eager to be alone at the top of the all-time British individual medal table and dramatically did so thanks to maintaining her impeccable record in Paralympic cycling with a stunning comeback win.

The 43-year-old came from behind to win the C4-5 road race in a torrential downpour Tokyo, Japan

The 43-year-old came from behind to win the C4-5 road race in a torrential downpour Tokyo, Japan

The former swimmer — whose first five gold medals came in the pool — has now won all 13 cycling events dating back to her 2008 two-wheel debut in Beijing.

Despite that long period of dominance, she warned ahead of the 78km race that the win was far from a formality.

And her prediction turned out to be correct.

In the foothills of Mount Fuji — Japan’s highest peak — Storey soon had a mountain to climb in soggy conditions more suited to her or 77-year-old Kenny’s water days.

Long-time leader Brachtendorf already made a valiant breakaway from the pack at the end of the second lap of six.

Storey's win eclipses Mike Kenny's total of 16 Paralympics GB gold medals

Storey’s win eclipses Mike Kenny’s total of 16 Paralympics GB gold medals

The 49-year-old – the bronze medalist of Tuesday’s time trial at the same venue – was one of only two race participants older than Storey.

She held onto a lead of over a minute for much of the race, before Britain’s best pushed hard to eventually wipe out a one-off 13km lead at the start of the final lap.

From then on, the winner rarely looked doubtful.

Storey’s trip to Japan had already won gold in the C5 3000m individual pursuit and time trial, and for the third time in nine days, she comfortably kept the attention of compatriot Lane-Wright.

The Manchester driver crossed the line with a cheering blast from the sky, securing a new slice of British history at a track where driver James Hunt won the 1976 Formula 1 World Championship.