Friday 7 September 2012
Sarah Storey duly delivered her 4th gold medal of the London Paralympic Games, winning the women’s C5 road race at Brands Hatch, with consummate ease. Storey started as red hot favourite for the 64km race on the rolling, technical motor racing circuit in Kent. Indeed, the ten time Paralympic gold medallist is so far ahead of her rivals, it was difficult to see where the challenge would come from. That question was answered straight from the gun. With the C1-3 men starting 2 minutes ahead of the women’s race, Storey quickly attacked off the front and it was clear what the plan was. The men were reeled in at 24 miles and from then on it was a procession! Of course it is never that easy, Storey has done the work this year, with hard road miles and quality racing abroad providing the condition. On the final lap, a cushion of seven minutes over the chasers allowed her to enjoy the moment; the high fives started 300 metres from the line. The large crowd were loving every minute of it in the warm sunshine and draped in the Union flag, Storey really is a crowd pleaser. Anna Harkowska of Poland outsprinted Kim Crowley of the USA to add another silver to the one she won in the time trial.