Storey pays tribute to team after making Paralympic history

Storey pays tribute to team after making Paralympic history

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Sarah Storey paid tribute to her team as she signed off from the London Paralympics with a stunning road race win to confirm her place in Paralympic history.

The 34-year-old left the opposition in her wake as she stormed away on a solo break to win her 11th Paralympic gold medal - and 22nd medal in all - equalling Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and swimmer David Roberts' haul.

"It's a dream come true," Storey said. "To equal Tanni's a huge honour. Her career was absolutely immense.

"She's an absolutely incredible girl and I can't wait to give her a big hug. It hurt a lot but it was amazing," added Storey, who was able to savour her success by free-wheeling across the line.

"The Americans went off to send everyone up the road one at a time. I decided to test some legs. I had a bit of gas to spare, so I dug in - 62km on my own.

"I just had to control the pace and not get too excited, make sure I ate and drank enough. You can still blow up, even if you've got (a lead of) five minutes. You've got to make sure you do everything right to the line."

For Storey, who was born with a partly formed left hand, it was fourth gold of the Games, finishing with two from the track and two from the road and she discussed her meticulous preparation for the event.

"I've tried my hardest to make sure everything was perfect," she added.

"I left no stone unturned when it came to everything from nutrition to training and racing. There's a huge list of people I need to thank - I'm so grateful."