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Sarah Storey has set her sights on the outright record of British Paralympic golds in Thursday’s road race after picking up her 16th title.
Gold in the C5 time trial in Tokyo today put her level with Mike Kenny at the top of GB’s all-time list, with a shot at gold 17 in the C4-5 road race.
Storey already has the most medals by a British Paralympian with 27 across eight Games and, of gold No17, said: “That is something that may happen in the future – it may happen on Thursday. Who knows in the road race?”
The 43-year-old mother of two had already won track gold in the individual pursuit before turning her attention to the Fuji International Speedway in the time trial.
Looking ahead to her final race of her Paralympic campaign in Japan, 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. 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.”
Storey is adamant that Tokyo will not be a Paralympic farewell with her sights set on competing at the next Games in Paris in three years.
But looking back on a career which saw her win five swimming golds at four Paralympics before switching her attention to cycling, she said: “Sweet 16! Can I be 16 again?
“I never set out on this journey to be Britain’s greatest Paralympian but to match the best man and to have more other medals is just a dream come true.”
British swimmer Reece Dunn grabbed his third gold of the Games by breaking the world record in the S14 men’s 200m individual medley.
The 25-year-old touched the wall in 2mins 08.02secs, shaving 0.14 seconds off the previous l best, although he did not realise his achievement until he was told about it by the interviewer after the race.
He told Channel 4: “I had no idea where I was, I had to max every single leg, my breaststroke felt as good as it has in a long time but I was in agony in that last 50m.”
Dunn had already won gold in 200m freestyle and mixed 4x100m freestyle, in addition to 100m butterfly silver.
Earlier, Ben Watson added another time trial gold in the men’s C3 event as he crossed the line 56 seconds clear, while George Peasgood won C4 time trial bronze, which was the 1,000th medal by a British athlete at the Olympics or Paralympics since National Lottery funding was introduced in the wake of the 1996 Games in Atlanta.