Source: ParalympicGB

Dame Sarah Storey wins historic 12th Paralympic gold

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Dame Sarah Storey wins C5 individual pursuit to claim record 12th Paralympic gold medal with teammate Crystal Lane taking silver. 

Dame Sarah Storey is Britain’s most successful British female Paralympian of all time after victory in the C5 3000m individual pursuit.

Dame Storey, competing in her seventh Paralympic Games, caught teammate Crystal Lane after 1,375m to earn ParalympicsGB’s second gold of Rio 2016 and move clear of Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson on 12 gold medals.

The 38-year-old now has 12 golds, eight silvers and three bronze Paralympic medals across swimming and para-cycling events.

She 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 a first Paralympic medal for Lane, four years on from making her Paralympics debut at London 2012.

She said: “It’s been a whirlwind but it’s been amazing to be a part of Sarah’s history-making medal ride.

“I had a dream after London that I would be in Rio and I never let it go. I just kept training hard.

“We feel more like we’re on holiday, we keep joking that we’ve having a great holiday because the weather is really nice and the holding camp in Wales and everything has been so relaxed.

“We’ve been inspired by watching each other train so when we were in the holding camp in Wales, the times were good and everyone knew the times were there and it was a case of doing it on the day so that kept the morale really high.”

Report courtesy of Paralympic GB