Cyclist Sarah Storey has become the most successful British female Paralympian, passing Tanni Grey-Thompson’s record by claiming her twelfth Paralympic title.

Dame Sarah Makes HiStorey!

Storey won the C5 3,000 metres Pursuit by catching her teammate, Crystal Lane.

After Dame Sarah Makes HiStorey! She later said: “I’ve not thought about being the most decorated Paralympian until two days ago but Tanni’s still a hero for me,” adding, “To go quicker than London after having my daughter Louisa is the icing on the cake. You can never underestimate anyone on the other side of the track. It’s amazing and I don’t think it will sink in for a very long time.”

The opening day of competition had already started well for ParalyympicsGB as debutant cyclist, Megan Giglia achieved gold in the C1-C3 Pursuit a mere three years after experiencing a stroke. The 31-year-old had earlier broke her own world record in the heats when she recorded a time of 4:03.544.

“To be fair it hasn’t sunk in yet, all I know is I wouldn’t be here without my team, the back-up crew behind me here, my family and friends. I only look forward to the future. I didn’t think I would make it to Rio, I thought it was a bit ambitious but I thought I would give it a go.” She said.

On the tandem, Steve Bate and pilot, Adam Duggleby won gold in the 4,000m Individual B Pursuit.

It wasn’t just on the track where ParalympicsGB were making waves. In the pool Ollie Hynd set a new World Record as he claimed gold in the S8 400m Freestyle with Northern Ireland’s Bethany Firth also winning gold in the 100m S14 Backstroke and beating teammate Jessica-Jane Applegate into silver.

In the Rio Olympic Arena, ParalympicsGB men’s wheelchair basketball team impressed during an emphatic opening win over group B opponents, Algeria 93-31.

ParalympicsGB put on a strong showing with Barnsley’s Ian Sagar top scoring with 19 points, as 10 different British players got their names on the scoreboard.

There were also silver medals for Jonathan Fox (S7100m Backstroke), Harriet Lee (SB9 100m) and Stephanie Millward (S8 400m Freestyle). Andrew Lee secured a bronze in the S5 200m Freestyle.