Disley paralympian Sarah Storey wins Britain’s first gold medal of the Games

GOLD: Sarah Storey. Photo: onEdition.
GOLD: Sarah Storey. Photo: onEdition.

CYCLIST Sarah Storey has won her eighth gold medal and the first for Great Britain at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Storey, 34, from Disley, stormed to victory by catching her Polish opponent Anna Harkowska just after half-way in the final of the women’s C5 Individual Pursuit this afternoon (Thursday).

“I didn’t expect to be able to catch her as quickly as I did,” said Storey afterwards.

“Hopefully this race will set me up for the rest of the weekend.”

The defending champion smashed her own world record for the 3km distance during qualifying, posting a time of three minutes 32.170 seconds in front of a full house at the Velodrome.

Storey’s 19th Paralympic medal is the eighth gold of her career and her third since she switched disciplines from swimming to cycling in 2005. As a swimmer, she won five gold, eight silver and three bronze medals.

Also this afternoon, 17-year-old Maddie Thompson, from Hope, made her Paralympic Games debut for Great Britain women’s wheelchair basketball team.

Playing their opening group match at the North Greenwich Arena, the team lost 62-35 to the Netherlands.

ParalympicsGB’s next match is against Australia tomorrow afternoon (Friday).