Storey wins ‘race of truth’ for record 16th Paralympics gold
Tokyo: Cycling queen Sarah Storey said she had to conquer a “race of truth” Tuesday as she claimed a British record-equalling 16th Paralympics gold medal. The 43-year-old, who won 3,000m pursuit gold on the track six days ago, blew away a high-class field in the women’s road C5 time trial at Fuji International Speedway to secure her 27th medal overall. “It’s the race of truth,” said Storey, who was born without a functioning left hand. “It’s you against the clock, and trying to pick off your competitors as you see them. “I love watching time trials, I love putting it all together so when you get to race them and they go so well, they feel amazing.” It was a repeat of last week’s pursuit one-two for Britain at the velodrome as Crystal Lane-Wright again took the silver. But she was more than a minute-and-a-half behind Storey’s winning time of 36 min 08.90 sec for her three laps of the eight-kilometre circuit. Germany’s Kerstin Brachtendorf was third. “Every corner felt really quick and really smooth,” said Storey. “I got caught up in a bit of traffic in certain parts of the course so I just had to navigate my way around that but apart from that it was super quick.” Storey can win a 17th gold and become the greatest ever British Paralympian on Thursday if she retains her C4-5 road race title for a Tokyo golden hat-trick. She is tied on 16 golds with swimmer Mike Kenny, who competed from 1976 to 1988. Storey’s longevity is remarkable. She began her Paralympic career in the swimming pool as a 14-year-old at Barcelona in 1992. Twenty-nine years later, she looks unassailable having broken her own world record in the pursuit and taken her third successive C5 time trial gold. – AFP