An emotional Sarah Storey said she felt “overwhelmed” after becoming Britain’s most successful Paralympian Thursday with her 17th gold medal, 29 years after her first.
Storey won cycling’s C4-5 women’s road race for her third gold at Tokyo 2020, following victory in the individual pursuit at the velodrome last week and triumph in the C4-5 road time trial two days ago.
“I’m a bit overwhelmed, again,” she told Channel 4 TV immediately after the 79.2 kilometre race. “I feel like it is happening to someone else.
“Right now I can’t explain or compute anything about the race, but crossing the line first felt so good.”
In treacherous cool, wet and foggy conditions at Fuji International Speedway, cycling queen Storey finished in 2hr 21min 51sec to eclipse Mike Kenny’s 16 swimming golds won from 1976 to 1988.
She was flanked again by fellow Briton Crystal Lane-Wright as the pair completed a third one-two of the Games. Marie Patouillet of France took a bronze behind the duo for the second time in Tokyo.
“It is so good to see Sarah be so successful,” said Lane-Wright. “If I’ve won three silvers in her shadow then I am so happy.”