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Sarah Storey becomes Britain's most successful Paralympian with 17th gold medal

Sarah Storey had equalled Mike Kenny's record of 16 Paralympic gold medals on Tuesday. Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images

Sarah Storey became Britain's most successful Paralympian on Thursday after winning her 17th gold medal.

The 43-year-old won the women's C4-5 road race at Tokyo 2020, a title she has held since London 2012.

The medal means she surpasses previous record holder Mike Kenny, who has 16 gold medals.

"I'm a bit overwhelmed, I feel like it's happening to someone else," Storey told Channel 4.

"I can't really explain or compute anything about the race, but crossing the line first felt so good."

Storey has 28 Paralympic medals in total, including three golds at Tokyo 2020.

She made her debut at the Games in 1992 as a 14-year-old.

"I just feel immensely proud and also immensely grateful to have so much support and to have such a great team around me and also a great team back at home. They're the ones who are able to make this possible, by putting me on the start line in a position to go for it, so I'm a little bit lost for words in many ways," Storey added.