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Congratulations to Dame Sarah Storey, who overnight won her 12th gold medal to become Britain's most successful female Paralympian.

Competing in the velodrome, the 38-year-old cyclist from Stockport won the C5 3,000 metre individual pursuit final, catching her opponent in less than half the distance to claim gold.

Dame Sarah was only 14 when she won her first gold competing as a swimmer at the 1992 games. She competed in the pool at three more games before persistent ear infections persuaded her to switch to cycling in 2005. In total she has won 12 gold, eight silver and three bronze medals across the two sports, with another three chances to add to her medal tally at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

In total Team GB athletes won 11 medals on the opening day of the games, five of them gold, putting them well on the way to passing the total of 34 gold medals won at the London Paralympics four years ago. The games continue until September 18th.

 

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