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Three GB men going for gold in C5 time trial


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05:33 AM

Sarah Storey with her SIXTEENTH Paralympic gold

Which she won in the women’s C5 time trial overnight. Incredible.

Sarah Storey celebrates her C5 time trial triumph - PA

Sarah Storey celebrates her C5 time trial triumph – PA

05:29 AM

Good morning and welcome

To our live coverage of day seven of the Tokyo Paralympics.

Three British men are in the C3 time trial event which gets under way imminently – Jaco Van Gass, Finlay Graham and Benjamin Watson.

They will be hoping to replicate Dame Sarah Storey’s stunning success in the women’s C5 time trial overnight.

She equalled Great Britain’s record for Paralympic gold medals by claiming the 16th of her exceptional career with a superb victory. She now has an astonishing haul of 27 medals in total.

Storey emulated the achievement of former swimmer Mike Kenny in a time of 36:08.90 on the Fuji International Speedway circuit.

Fellow GB rider Crystal Lane-Wright claimed silver in 37:40.89, with Germany’s Kerstin Brachtendorf taking bronze.

Storey kicked off her own Paralympic career as a 14-year-old swimmer in Barcelona. She won five golds in the pool across four Games before a seamless transition to the bike ahead of Beijing 2008 which has brought even greater rewards.

The 43-year-old travelled to the Far East needing three more titles from as many events to stand alone as Britain’s most successful Paralympian.

After winning her first two events, she bids for a golden hat-trick in the women’s C4-5 road race on Thursday.

She said: “I take it one race at a time and I need to have a think now about the road race. I will need my tactical head on.

“There are a number of girls that are incredibly well positioned, who race incredibly well. The girls who have made the podium here today obviously.

“There are girls off the podium [too] who, as we saw at the Olympics, it just needs one move that you weren’t expecting and that race has gone. I will need to have my best race head on and see what happens. Ultimately it is a road race.”

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