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Storey nabs top spot

Sarah Storey

LONDON – Sarah Storey won Great Britain’s first gold medal of the XIV Paralympics with a supreme victory in the women’s C5 three-kilometres individual pursuit at the London 2012 velodrome.

After Mark Colbourne won silver in the men’s C1-2-3 one-kilometre time-trial, fastest qualifier Storey caught final opponent Anna Harkowska of Poland after six-and-a-half of the 12 laps to triumph to rapturous applause from the 6,000 capacity partisan crowd.

The 34-year-old from Manchester won her eighth Paralympic title and third as a cyclist in a career which began as a 14-year-old swimmer in Barcelona in 1992.

Storey was in contention for the Olympic team pursuit squad until last December and her heat time of three minutes 32.170 seconds was quicker than Joanna Rowsell’s time in winning Track World Cup on the same track in February as she confirmed her status as favourite.

Crystal Lane qualified fourth and had to settle for a place outside the medals, finishing in 4mins 02.773secs as New Zealand’s Fiona Southorn claimed bronze in 3:55.867.

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