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Rio Paralympics: Sarah Storey wins 12th gold medal for Team GB

Published 08/09/2016

Great Britain's Sarah Storey on the podium after winning gold in the Women's C5 3000m Individual Pursuit Final at the Rio Olympic Velodrome during the first day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PA
Great Britain's Sarah Storey on the podium after winning gold in the Women's C5 3000m Individual Pursuit Final at the Rio Olympic Velodrome during the first day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PA

Sarah Storey won her 12th Paralympic gold medal on Thursday's opening day of the Rio Games.

The 38-year-old swimmer-turned-cyclist surpassed former wheelchair racer Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson as the British female with the most Paralympic titles by winning the C5 three-kilometres individual pursuit in the velodrome.

The honour of Britain's first medal of the XV Paralympics went to Megan Giglia, who won gold in the C1-2-3 3km individual pursuit moments prior to Storey.

Storey qualified in a world-record time of three minutes 31.394 seconds - more than 17 seconds quicker than Crystal Lane in qualifying.

She overtook her team-mate before the halfway point in the final to claim gold.

Lane, appearing in her second Paralympics, won her first medal with silver.

Storey won her first two Paralympic gold medals as a 14-year-old swimmer in Barcelona in 1992.

She insisted a third successive individual pursuit title since switching to the bike prior to the Beijing Games in 2008 would not be a formality. But it was.

Storey's class told in qualifying on Thursday morning and she delivered with her seventh cycling gold medal at her seventh Games.

Giglia also clocked a world record in qualifying in 4:03.544, more than eight seconds clear of the United States' Jamie Whitmore, her rival in the final.

Great Britain's Sarah Storey celebrates winning gold in the Women's C5 3000m Individual Pursuit Final at the Rio Olympic Velodrome during the first day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PA
Great Britain's Sarah Storey celebrates winning gold in the Women's C5 3000m Individual Pursuit Final at the Rio Olympic Velodrome during the first day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PA

The 31-year-old, who suffered a brain haemorrhage in January 2013, won the world title in Italy in March and put in a dominant performance again when it mattered.

She closed in on Whitmore at the halfway mark and passed the American soon after to take gold. She had the option to continue to go for another world record, but opted not to.

"To be fair it hasn't sunk in yet, all I know is I wouldn't be here without my team, the back up crew behind me here, my family and friends," Giglia said on Channel 4.

"I only look forward to the future. I didn't think I would make it to Rio, I thought it was a bit ambitious but I thought I would give it a go.

"Within the British camp the atmosphere is great, everyone is hyped up and ready to go.

"I hope this will be the first of many golds. I've still got three events to go so we'll have to see.

Atheletes and performers enjoy fireworks during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Atheletes and performers enjoy fireworks during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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Aaron Wheelz, an extreme wheelchair athlete, goes down a MegaRamp and tears through the panel with the number zero, marking the start of the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana Stadium. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 7, 2016. Photo credit should read: (Photo by Bob Martin for OIS via Press Association) Editorial Use Only.
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Adria Rocha of Brazil carries the Paralympic torch during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
Wheelchair athlete Aaron Wheelz flies through a giant number zero signaling the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Atheletes and performers enjoy fireworks during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Fireworks explode behind the Metro-Mangueira favela community during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Flag bearer Juan Carlos Garrido of Chile leads the team entering the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Aaron Wheelz rides off a ramp at the beginning of the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Clodoaldo Silva is embraced by singer Seu Jorge after lighting the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Athletes of Team China walk into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Athletes of the Brazil delegation right before entering the stadium during Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Athletes of the Brazil delegation right before entering the stadium during Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
Brazilian judo gold medalist Rafaela Silva, carries the Paralympic torch in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue on its way for the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
Brazilian judo gold medalist Rafaela Silva, carries the Paralympic torch in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue on its way for the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
Brazilian judo gold medalist Rafaela Silva carries the Paralympic torch in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue on its way for the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, attends to the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 05: People take photos in front of the Paralympic symbol, Agitos, on Copacabana beach ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 05: A woman walks in front of the Paralympic symbol, Agitos, on Copacabana beach ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 05: People take a photo in front of the Paralympic symbol, Agitos, on Copacabana beach ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Equestrian rider Lee Pearson of Great Britain poses for a photo call on the beach after being chosen as Great Britain's flagbearer for the Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Equestrian rider Lee Pearson of Great Britain poses for a photo call on the beach after being chosen as Great Britain's flagbearer for the Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Equestrian rider Lee Pearson of Great Britain poses for a photo call on the beach after being chosen as Great Britain's flagbearer for the Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Equestrian rider Lee Pearson of Great Britain poses for a photo call on the beach after being chosen as Great Britain's flagbearer for the Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Equestrian rider Lee Pearson of Great Britain poses for a photo call on the beach after being chosen as Great Britain's flagbearer for the Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Equestrian rider Lee Pearson of Great Britain poses for a photo call on the beach after being chosen as Great Britain's flagbearer for the Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Takashi Sanada of Japan works out in the gym at the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOCTHOMAS LOVELOCK FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
Japanese athletes Keita Sato, Atsushi Yamamoto, Toro Suzuki and Hajimu Ashida pose for a photo in the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOCTHOMAS LOVELOCK FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
Athlete wears prosthetic legs at the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Al Tielemans /OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Al Tielemans for OIS/IOCAL TIELEMANS FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
Slovakian cyclists take a ride in the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Al Tielemans /OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Al Tielemans for OIS/IOCAL TIELEMANS FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
Patrick Wilson (L) and Jamie McCowan representing Great Britain in boccia play a video game in the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Al Tielemans /OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Al Tielemans for OIS/IOCAL TIELEMANS FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: In this handout photo supplied by the IOC, Athlete wears prosthetic legs in the Paralympic Village prior to the start of the Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Al Tielemans/OIS/IOC via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
Tomotaro Nakamura of Japan removes his swim cap with his feet while training in the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Simon Bruty for OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Simon Bruty for OISSIMON BRUTY FOR OIS/AFP/Getty Images
Tomotaro Nakamura of Japan trains in the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Simon Bruty for OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Simon Bruty for OISSIMON BRUTY FOR OIS/AFP/Getty Images
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
Dutch athletes stroll around the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOCTHOMAS LOVELOCK FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Christ the Redeemer statue is lit in the colors of the Paralympic torch the night before the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Christ the Redeemer statue is lit in the colors of the Paralympic torch the night before the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with the Cantagalo 'favela' commuity in the foreground, on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Christ the Redeemer statue is lit in the the colors of the Paralympic torch the night before the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Christ the Redeemer statue is lit in the colors of the Paralympic torch the night before the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with the Cantagalo 'favela' commuity in the foreground, on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Press gathers at the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, at the Paralympic Mural Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Members of the IPC Governing Board at the Paralympic Mural Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, at the Paralympic Mural Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Breno Viola, brazilian judo athlete and Eduardo Paes, Rio de Janeior mayor, at the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, attends to the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, and Eduardo Paes, Rio de Janeiro City Mayor at the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President; Leonardo Picciani, brazilian minister of sports; Eduardo Paes, Rio de Janeiro mayor; and Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Brazilian Olympic Comitee President; attend to the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President; Leonardo Picciani, brazilian minister of sports; Eduardo Paes, Rio de Janeiro mayor; and Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Brazilian Olympic Comitee President; attend to the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Wilfried Lemke, United Nations Secretary General Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, at the Paralympic Mural Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Breno Viola, brazilian judo athlete, lights up the flame at the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Breno Viola, brazilian judo athlete, lights up the flame at the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, attends to the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President at the Paralympic Village on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
File photo dated 30-06-2016 of Rachel Morris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 7, 2016. Rachel Morris cannot shake the cycling bug, but she believes it has complemented her bid for rowing glory at the Rio Paralympics. See PA story PARALYMPICS Morris. Photo credit should read Alex Morton/PA Wire.
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Rio2016 workers celebrate after the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay ended at Copacabana beach before its final stop at Maracana Stadium tonight for Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Many of the workers had been following the Olympic and Paralympic torch relays for four months and this was their last stop on the route. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Rio2016 workers celebrate after the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay ended at Copacabana beach before its final stop at Maracana Stadium tonight for Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Many of the workers had been following the Olympic and Paralympic torch relays for four months and this was their last stop on the route. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: A torch bearer walks during the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay along Copacabana beach before tonight's Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Rio2016 workers celebrate after the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay ended at Copacabana beach before its final stop at Maracana Stadium tonight for Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Many of the workers had been following the Olympic and Paralympic torch relays for four months and this was their last stop on the route. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: A torch bearer carries the Paralympic flame during the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay along Ipanema beach before tonight's Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: A torch bearer carries the Paralympic flame during the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay along Ipanema beach before tonight's Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: A torch bearer carries the Paralympic flame during the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay along Ipanema beach before tonight's Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: A torch bearer carries the Paralympic flame during the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay along Ipanema beach before tonight's Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: A torch bearer poses in front of the Paralympic symbol, Agitos, during 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay along Copacabana beach before tonight's Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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"I've got my main event out of the way now so I can just enjoy the rest of them with my legs pedalling fast."

Five things

Dame Sarah Storey won the C5 three-kilometres individual pursuit at the Rio Paralympics on Thursday.

The 38-year-old's 12th gold sees her surpass former wheelchair racer Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson as the British female with the most Paralympic gold medals.

We look at five things about Storey.

1 BARCELONA BREAKTHROUGH

Aged 14 and then competing as Bailey, her maiden name, she won her first two gold medals as a Paralympic swimmer before returning home to start her GCSEs. She won six medals in all in 1992 - also claiming three silvers and a bronze - and collected five golds, eight silver and three bronze medals in the pool across four Games.

2 EARACHE WITH A BLESSING

A series of chronic ear infections kept Storey out of the water in the aftermath of the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, where she won three medals, but no gold. Storey, who was born with a deformed left hand, began cross-training on the bike before switching sports in 2005. She married Barney Storey, a tandem pilot rider and track sprinter, in 2007.

3 BEIJING BOUNTY AND OLYMPIC ATTEMPT

Within three years of her first velodrome revolutions, two gold medals followed in Beijing - one on the same day as husband Barney. Along with archer Danielle Brown she became the first disabled athlete to represent England at a Commonwealth Games. Then, when the three-rider, 3km team pursuit was introduced to the London 2012 Olympics, Storey was in the squad, but was dropped in December 2011.

4 QUEEN OF THE ROAD AND TRACK

Storey won four titles at the London 2012 Paralympics - like wheelchair racer David Weir - to take her overall tally to 11 alongside Grey-Thompson. She won two in the velodrome - again one on the same day as her husband - and two on the road at Brands Hatch before taking 2013 off to give birth to daughter Louisa.

5 MEDAL-WINNING MUM

Storey has won nine gold medals at road and track World Championships since returning as a mum, taking her overall tally to 29. She has also regularly been at the sharp end of British Championships races and global events alongside the likes of Lizzie Armitstead, Emma Pooley and Laura Trott.

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