Sarah Storey has won Britain’s first gold medal today in the Women’s Track Ceiling C5 Individual Pursuit.

Track cyclist Sarah Storey cruised to victory in the women’s C5 individual pursuit, after breaking her own world record in Thursday’s heats.

And the home nation celebrated winning their first two medals of the Games in quick succession through Storey and Paralympic debutant Colbourne in the Velodrome.

Storey, 34, tore into the gap separating her from opponent Anna Harkowska and passed the Pole just after halfway in their 3km run-off. But the defending champion insisted victory was not as easy as it looked.

“Mentally you have to prepare properly,” she said afterwards. “I have to respect all my competitors.

“I didn’t expect to catch her as quick as I did, but I stepped up my game. I just thought I had to get there quick and you’re just willing the rider to come to you as quick as possible so you can just finish.”

Earlier, Storey qualified for the final in a time of three minutes 32.170 seconds – more than a second better than her own 2009 world record.

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