The first day of the Tokyo Paralympics proved a resounding success for Great Britain, as the British Paralympics team scored a total of six medals on the first day of the games. Leading the way was cyclist Sarah Storey, who is on the verge of reaching and surpassing a mark previously unmatched for Team GB
Storey won the 15th gold medal of her Paralympic career in the C5 3000m individual pursuit final, beating fellow Briton Crystal Lane-Wright shortly after setting a world record in qualifying. With the 15th gold medal of her career, Storey is now only one gold medal away from tying Mike Kenny's record mark of 16 gold medals in the Paralympics, which has stood since 1988.
Storey, 43, has now medaled in eight of the games she has competed in, and her 27.057 time in qualifying broke the record she had set five years ago in Rio by over four seconds.
"I've done so much training, and everyone's been reminding me how much work I've done and how I deserve to be that fast, but you don't like to presume. So it took me by surprise, but a good surprise," Storey said in a report by BBC Sport. "I think about one race at a time and maybe I'll think about these things afterwards. But it does feel pretty surreal."
Storey, who was born without a functioning left hand, first competed in the Paralympics as a swimmer in 1992, and remained in that discipline before switching to cycling in 2005. Storey has since won 10 gold medals in cycling to go with her five in swimming, including in 2012 when she won the individual pursuit, 500-meter time trial, time trial, and road race in her native England.
Storey's next step towards Paralympic history will come Tuesday, when she competes in the C5 road time trial.