Team GB continued to dominate on the velodrome in Rio last night as the first of the Paralympic events kicked kicked off.
Megan Giglia and Dame Sarah Storey claimed Gold whilst Crystal Lane took silver. Most notably, Storey’s additional Gold means she overtakes Tanni Grey-Thompson and to earn her twelfth Gold medal and become the Nation’s most decorate female paralympian.
Storey broke her own World Record in the Qualification round for the C5 3km Individual Pursuit – with a time of 3:31.394, whilst Lane managed 3:48.802. The two GB riders took the top spots, so were racing each other for Gold in the final when Storey caught Lane within the first half of the race.
Storey commented after the win: “It’s a bit surreal. The first person I was speaking to after the race was Tanni and it’s so nice to see her here. She’ll always be on a pedestal for me, a lady who has really supported me for all my career.
“(As a girl) I dreamed of pulling on a tracksuit and being able to compete for my country and doing the very best I could and over the course of the last 24 years since that first Games, that lead to these medals. It’s just so surreal.
“I didn’t expect to break the world record this morning, this coming week is really really hard. I just keep improving and I can’t really believe it.”
Lane only learnt she would be riding the Paralympic games ten days before the race – so was absolutely thrilled with her silver medal, commenting: “Two weeks ago I imagined I’d just be watching Sarah win a gold medal in the final, not competing against her. To be part of her history, makes it really special. I had a dream and I never let it go.”
Watch the pair battle it out here…