High Peak's Dame Sarah Storey strikes triple gold at Para-cycling Track World Championships

Disley’s golden girl Dame Sarah Storey added three world titles to her collection on day three of the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Milton, Canada.

By Sports Reporter
Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 12:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 11:27 am
Dame Sarah Storey of Great Britain. Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images.
Dame Sarah Storey of Great Britain. Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images.

In the WC5 individual pursuit, Storey defeated team-mate Crystal Lane-Wright in the final, after the British duo had recorded the two fastest qualifying times.

Storey clocked 3:43.007 and Lane-Wright 3:49.776 to set up the all-British gold medal ride, and it was Storey who claimed gold, catching her team-mate with six laps remaining.

From there, the two contested the scratch race, which was the final event of the four-race omnium, which Storey led following her victories in the pursuit and yesterday’s flying 200m.

In the scratch, Storey took a lap on the field midway through the 40-lap event, while Lane-Wright attacked late, ensuring that she comfortably won the race for silver and secured another British one-two.

The victory represented the 37th world title of Storey’s career, and rubber-stamped the 38th – the omnium.

Incredibly, in what is her 20th career world championships across swimming and cycling, those three golds also took Storey’s overall collection of world championship medals to 60.

She said: “When I realised earlier in the week that this was my 20th world championships, I couldn’t believe it, then when we talked about the medals it was a bit ‘wow’.

“It feels amazing – to win three in one day is just a bit of a dream to be honest. I never thought it would happen. I’m really pleased with my form and the work I’ve been doing in the chamber and on the road – I’m delighted.”

Tandem sprint duos Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott and Neil Fachie and Matt Rotherham were also victorious on the same day’s racing. The women’s event was first, with a leading time of 1:06.984 to beat, and the Paralympic and world champions pairing of Thornhill and Scott produced the goods – stopping the clock at 1:04.953 – just three tenths of a second outside their own world record.

There was a British one-two in the equivalent men’s event for the fourth year in a row, as Fachie and Rotherham regained the title they lost last year, clocking 59.724, ensuring defending champion James Ball and Lewis Stewart had to settle for silver (1:00.323).