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TOKYO PARALYMPICS: SARAH STOREY BECOMES GB’S MOST SUCCESSFUL PARALYMPIAN WINNING 17TH GOLD MEDALS

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Farouq Oduola A.

Dame Sarah Storey has become Great Britain’s most successful Paralympian ever after claiming her 17th gold medal of her illustrious career at Tokyo 2020.

At one stage of the C4-5 road race at the rain-soaked Fuji International Speedway, cycling superstar Storey trailed veteran German Kerstin Brachtendorf by 75 seconds, but she showed her mettle to win in 2:21:51.

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Storey, a mother of two, matched Mike Kenny’s long-standing British record of 16 golds by winning the C5 time trial at this location on Tuesday.

“I could never have imagined competing in eight Games, let alone winning medals at each of them, 17 of which were gold,” she remarked.

“It’s thedream I didn’t have come true.”

Despite her long-term dominance, Storey warned before of the 78-kilometer race that victory would not be easy.

Her prediction turned out to be correct.

Storey was swiftly left with a mountain to climb in sodden conditions better suitable to her or 77-year-old Kenny’s aquatic days in the slopes of Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest peak.

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