Dame Sarah Storey will attempt to move within a gold medal of Mike Kenny’s all-time Paralympic record for Great Britain when she competes in the 2020 Tokyo cycling event tomorrow.
The 14-time gold medalist is aiming for the third title in Follow in the C5 Individual Pursuit over 3,000 meters.
She is already Britain’s best decorated Paralympic athlete, but now she’s determined to top Kenny’s list of 16 gold medals.
Should the 43-year-old get her title in Defending the C5 Individual Pursuit, the C5 Time Trial and the C4-5 Road Race, Dame Sarah will make history in the Japanese capital.
“If I could go back and tell 14-year-old Sarah that she has eight Paralympic Games I don’t know if I would have believed it, “said Dame Storey.
” Fighting for my country is all I’ve wanted since I was six and the 1984 Games.
” Back then, ic I have no idea the Paralympics are around so I am very proud to have contributed to such a significant era in Paralympic sport and I am incredibly excited to defend the three gold medals I won in Rio . “
Tomorrow four gold medals will be offered with the 3,000 m individual pursuit for women C1-3, C4 and C5 as well as the final of the men’s B 4,000 m individual pursuit.
It is the first of four days of action in the Izu Velodrome with the women’s B 1000m time trial and the men’s C4-5 1000m final, which will be held together with the gold medal races in the men’s C1, C2 and C3 individual pursuit.
On Friday (27. August) there are three time trial finals over the women’s C1-3 500m, the men’s C1-3 1000m and the women’s C4-5500m as well as the individual pursuit finals of the men’s C4 4000m and men’s C5 4000m.
The bike course competition should end on Saturday (August 28th), where the men’s time trial final over B1000m will be held together with the B-3000-meter individual pursuit and the mixed C1-5-750-meter team sprint of the women.
After the resignation of the Paralympic B 1000m time trial champion Sophie Thornhill from Great Britain last year, the Dutch rider Larissa Klaasen will hope to take her chance.
Klaasen took silver behind Thornhill in Rio 2016 and at the last two World Championships, so she has one golden chance to get the crown of the event.
Among many Dutch track cycling medal contenders, Paralympics winner Alyda Norbruis is the one to beat in the C1-3 500m time trial.
Li Zhangyu from China has in Tok io 2020 to defend two titles after winning the C1-3 men’s 1000m time trial and the C1 3000m individual pursuit in Rio 2016.
He is likely to be distinguished in both disciplines by swimming veteran Ricardo Ten Argiles Spain challenged, who made his Paralympics debut in Atlanta in 1996.
In the last five years, the 46-year-old has swapped swimming for cycling and is coming to Japan as a serious medal candidate with the 2018 and 2019 C1 3000m world championships.
Geoff Berkeley is a senior reporter at insidethegames.biz. After joining the Midlands-based newspaper publisher Bullivant Media in 2011, Geoff rose to the position of editor of the Malvern Observer and sports editor of several other weekly titles. He was then named the Worcester Warriors Correspondent for the Worcester News, where he was nominated Sports Journalist of the Year at the Midlands Media Awards in 2016 and 2017. He also worked for Sportsbeat in 2020.
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