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Dame Sarah Storey takes 13th Paralympic Gold

Gold in the Time Trial adds to Storey's collection

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Dame Sarah Storey has claimed her 13th Gold Paralympic medal, winning the C5 Time Trial today.

Storey had already claimed a Gold medal in the individual pursuit on the track in Rio – which saw her surpass the total of Tanni Grey-Thompson to become Britain’s most decorated female paralympian.

Storey completed the 20km course in 27 minutes, 22.42 seconds – making her over 90 seconds quicker than Silver medalist, Anna Harkowska from Poland. American Samantha Bosco was third, claiming Bronze.

Commenting after the race, the 38-year-old said: “It is really exciting. It was actually quite nice conditions. A really strong tailwind on the way out and therefore a really strong headwind on the way back and that was crucial to recognise.

“I was so excited to race this morning. I woke up at about half-past four and I shouldn’t have, I didn’t need to wake up until ten to six. It was really, really cool. My time trialling has been going really well in the time trial races I’ve done in the UCI races and I’ve been part of our team time trial. It’s super exciting.”

Individual pursuit silver medallist Crystal Lane came in fourth, in a time of 29:37.23.

Britain’s Paralympic cyclists have seen incredible success so far. As well as Storey’s two Golds, one of which saw Crystal Lane come second to nab the silver, Megan Giglia scored gold in the C1-3 individual pursuit, Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott grabbed another – alongside a Paralympic record – in the tandem kilo time trial.

More victory came from Kadeena Cox, in the C4-5 500m time trial- an effort she managed just 24 hours after Bronze on the running track. And on Sunday, Lora Turnham and pilot Corrine Hall also beat New Zealand to win the women’s B individual pursuit title on Sunday.

Not sure what’s still to come? Check out the Rio Paralympic schedule here. 

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