Sarah has broken her 77th career world record on her way to winning the first gold medal for Great Britain at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Defending champion from 2008, 2012 and 2016 in the 3000m Individual Pursuit, Sarah has broken the world record in qualifying for the final at all four Paralympic Games since she made the switch from swimming after the Athens in 2004. Her time of 3.27.057 in the Izu velodrome puts her into a select group of women, the rest of whom are able-bodied, who have broken the 3.30 barrier and again showed her dominance in the event. Qualifying for the final 8 seconds ahead of her nearest rival, Sarah made light work of the final by achieving the catch inside 7 laps.
The delayed Games took place in the absence of spectators something that didn’t affect Sarah until after the race when she suddenly realised the chance to celebrate with her nearest and dearest would have to wait until she returned home. Speaking in the mixed zone, Sarah said, “I feel incredibly overwhelmed [by the absence of a crowd], I was always prepared to perform in an empty room, but celebrating with very few people in the stands is something you never even think about.”
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