Sarah Storey wins 11th Paralympic gold medal with road race triumph

Sarah Storey wins 11th Paralympic gold medal with road race triumph

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Great Britain's Sarah Storey won her 11th Paralympic title with an imperious victory in the women's C4-5 road race at Brands Hatch. It was her fourth gold of the London 2012 Games.

Storey joined Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson as Britain's most successful female Paralympian with a dominant performance to triumph in the 64-kilometre race.

At half distance, after 32km, Storey was 4:51 ahead of her three nearest rivals, with Lane in fifth, 23secs further adrift. With three laps to go, Storey led by 5:28 and she continued to extend her advantage in a thrilling show of supremacy.

She was able to free-wheel over the line, acknowledging the crowd's cheers, before crossing the line. Poland's Anna Harkowska was seven minutes 22 seconds behind and Kelly Crowley of the United States was further adrift in third.

The 34-year-old from Manchester, who won her first title as a 14-year-old swimmer in Barcelona in 1992 and her 10th in the time-trial yesterday, attacked from the start of the eight-lap event and finished in one hour 40 minutes, ahead of the men's C1-3 field which started in front of her.

The victory follows her gold in the road time-trial and gives Storey a 100% record in London, having won both the individual pursuit and 500m time-trial at the London Velodrome.

In taking her Paralympic gold medal total to 11 - and 22 medals in all - Storey equalled Grey-Thompson and swimmer David Roberts' haul.

Elsewhere, in the men's C1-3 road race, Shaun McKeown and Mark Colbourne couldn't add to their medal tallies, finishing  21st and 24th respectively whilst in the morning session, Jon-Allan Butterworth retired from the men's individual C4-5 race, hampered by an injury.