Storey claims her eighth gold but China in control in medals table

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 September, 2012, 3:43am


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China ended the first day of the London Paralympics on top of the medal table but it was British cyclist Sarah Storey who stole the show by storming to her eighth Paralympic gold.

Storey took the women's C5 individual 3km pursuit after a lightning-quick qualifying time that would have won her a non-disabled title.

Storey, a five-time Paralympic swimming gold medallist who switched sports for the Beijing Games in 2008, caught Poland's Anna Harkowska with just under half of the 12-lap race to go, giving her a third cycling gold. The 34-year-old earlier clocked a new world best of three minutes, 32.170 seconds, which would have won her the title at the UCI track cycling World Cup at the same venue in February.

Storey, who was born without a functioning left hand and narrowly missed out on a place in Britain's Olympic squad, said: "I always thought that if I could get off to a great start it would set up the week and hopefully that's the case. To get the gold medal is a dream come true."

China ended the day with 15 medals, six of which were gold, ahead of Australia with nine medals, including three golds.