Channel 4: Storey Claims GB's First Gold

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Sarah Storey claimed Great Britain's first gold medal of the 2012 Paralympics after a brilliant ride in the women's C5 individual pursuit.

Channel 4: Storey Claims GB's First Gold

Channel 4: Storey Claims GB's First Gold

I suppose it did look easy but mentally you have to prepare and make it happen. I have to respect all my competitors. I didn't expect to be able to catch her as quickly as I did. Hopefully this race will set me up for the rest of the weekend.

Sarah Storey claimed Great Britain's first gold medal of the 2012 Paralympics after a brilliant ride in the women's C5 individual pursuit.

The 35-year-old Mancunian, who broke the world record in qualifying, passed Polish rival Anna Harkowska with more than half of the race to go - taking her overall Paralympic gold tally to eight.

Incredibly, five of those came in the pool before Storey, who has a deformed left hand from birth, switched to the Velodrome after Athens 2004. Her other two triumphs came on the track at Beijing.

Team-mate Crystal Lane missed out on a bronze after losing to New Zealand's Fiona Southorn in the third-place ride-off.

Following her comprehensive victory, Storey admitted: "I suppose it did look easy but mentally you have to prepare and make it happen.

"I have to respect all my competitors. I didn't expect to be able to catch her as quickly as I did. Hopefully this race will set me up for the rest of the weekend."

Earlier Mark Colbourne took ParalympicsGB's first medal of the Games with silver in the men's individual C1-2-3 1Km time trial.

The 43-year-old Welshman, who clocked 1 min 08.471 secs, was the penultimate rider to go in the Velodrome and his exertions meant team-mate and pre-race favourite Darren Kenny was edged out of the medals.

China's Li Zhang Yu was the surprise winner of the gold, setting a new world record with a time of 1min 05.021 secs. Germany's Thomas Graf claimed the bronze

Colbourne, who was left with lower-leg paralysis following a paragliding accident three years ago, told Channel 4 after the contest: "I've worked for the last eight months towards this. A big thanks goes to all the coaches for getting me into the best shape possible.

"I was just completely focused on the black line. We've done this hundreds of times in training and it's about repeating the process. I probably only heard the crowd on lap three when I had relaxed into my stride."

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