Tokyo Paralympics: Sarah Storey wins fifteenth Paralympic gold as GB declare six medals

Venue: Tokyo, Japan Dates: 24 August-5 September Time in Tokyo: BST +8
Protection: Observe on Radio 5 Dwell and on the BBC Sport web site

Sarah Storey put in one other world record-breaking efficiency on her technique to claiming her fifteenth Paralympic title, as Nice Britain claimed six medals on the primary day of Tokyo 2020.

The 43-year-old smashed her world finest by greater than 4 seconds within the C5 3,000m particular person pursuit qualifying and within the remaining caught team-mate Crystal Lane-Wright, who matched her silver medal from Rio 2016.

Storey is only one behind Mike Kenny’s British report of 16 golds.

There was additionally silver for tandem pair Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby within the B 4,000m pursuit.

Bate and Duggleby have been defending champions however the Dutch pair of Tristan Bangma and Patrick Bos, who set a world report in qualifying, caught the Britons within the remaining.

And there have been three swimming medals for ParalympicsGB, with silvers for Reece Dunn within the S14 100m butterfly and Tully Kearney within the S5 200m freestyle, in addition to bronze for Toni Shaw within the S9 400m freestyle.

Storey ‘overwhelmed’ by fifteenth title

The opening day belonged to Storey although. After her blistering qualifying race, she began the ultimate at on the Izu Velodrome in decided trend and caught Lane-Wright after 1,750m of their race.

She has now received medals at every of the eight Video games she has attended and her warmth time of three minutes 27.057 seconds destroyed the world report she set in Rio.

“It is fairly overwhelming,” she stated. “I do not know if it would sink in till I get house. I got here right here with a very strong plan of what I wished to do and I’ve delivered it, so it form of blows your thoughts a bit.

“I talked earlier than about breaking your private finest, in my case a world report, a small margin at a time. And I simply knocked 4.3 seconds off.

“I’ve carried out a lot coaching, and everybody’s been reminding me how a lot work I’ve carried out and the way I need to be that quick, however you do not prefer to presume. So it took me without warning, however a superb shock.

“I take into consideration one race at a time and possibly I am going to take into consideration this stuff afterwards. Nevertheless it does really feel fairly surreal.”

Storey, who was born and not using a totally functioning left hand, began her profession as a swimmer at Barcelona in 1992 and competed at 4 Video games, profitable 15 Paralympic medals, together with 5 golds, earlier than switching to biking in 2005.

Since then, the mom of Louisa (8) and Charlie (3) has been nearly unbeatable each on the observe and the street.

“I knew I had it in me to go sub 3.30,” she added. “It has been a goal of mine since I went 3.32 on the London Video games. I knew I simply wanted the fitting day and the fitting preparation.

“It has been an extremely tough preparation for these Video games as a result of it is so totally different to what I am used to. I simply needed to name on all my expertise for staying calm beneath the strain and I am simply glad it is paid off.

“It is incredible to see the occasion getting sooner, and I simply must hold getting sooner as effectively. So I simply needed to hold a cool head.”

She subsequent goes on Tuesday within the C5 street time trial – one other occasion the place she is defending champion – earlier than the street race on Thursday, 2 September.

For Lane-Wright, who additionally set a private finest within the heats, it’s the second silver medal at consecutive Video games within the occasion.

“I do not suppose I’ve reached my full potential. I believe I can hold getting higher,” she stated. “As a lot as I am up in opposition to Sarah, it is me in opposition to me. I can solely management what I can do. To get such a superb PB this morning, I am so happy.”

Profitable begin for GB rugby staff

In addition to the motion within the velodrome and the pool, there was GB illustration in 4 different sports activities on the opening day

The wheelchair rugby staff have been 50-47 winners over Canada in Pool B however there was a giant shock in Pool A the place defending champions Australia misplaced 54-53 to Denmark.

The girls’s wheelchair basketball staff paid the value for a disappointing third quarter in opposition to Canada as they misplaced 73-54.

GB led 29-26 on the break however their opponents pulled clear within the second half and they’ll now must give attention to their subsequent sport in opposition to hosts Japan on Thursday.

Strictly Come Dancing star Will Bayley, world champion Ross Wilson and Aaron McKibbin all made profitable begins to their desk tennis campaigns however there was no pleasure for Piers Gilliver or Gemma Collis-McCann within the sabre occasions on the wheelchair fencing.

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