Husband and wife, and Great Britain teammates, Barney and Sarah Storey, have each won gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Sarah Storey won her second gold medal of the Games with victory in the women’s C4 500 metre time trial, while tandem pilot Barney, and stoker, Neil Fachie, took gold in the men’s individual B 1km pursuit.
Sarah’s gold medal was her ninth as a Paralympian, and her fourth as a cyclist (she won five gold medals in the pool at the Barcelona and Atlanta Paralympic Games).
She saw off the challenge of silver medalist, Jennifer Schuble (USA), and China’s Jianping Ruan, who took bronze.
Her victory came after husband Barney had added a second gold medal to the family’s account following Sarah’s triumph on Thursday in the women’s C5 Pursuit.
She said: “We’ve won on the same day – I just can’t believe it. I’m so proud of him. I was sitting there watching his race and I was like ‘Wow, check that out. I’ve got to do him proud now!’”
Her husband’s victory was achieved with Neil Fachie, and in world record time. The pair finished nearly 1.4 seconds quicker than silver medalists, Jose Enrique Lareo and Jose Antonio Villaneuva (Spain), and nearly two seconds faster than Holland’s Rinne Oost and Patrick Bos, who took bronze.
Fachie said: “The atmosphere was electric. The crowd pushed us round that final bend. I just can’t believe it. To be here winning the gold medal is a dream come true.”
Britain could have won a second medal in the event were it not for mechanical failure in the machine ridden by Anthony Kappes and Craig MacLean, the reigning world champions.
Kappes said: “The bike has let us down today and sometimes it is just one of those things, and sometimes it is something you cannot control.”
Jon-Allen Butterworth won his second silver medal of the Games by finishing second in the men’s individual C5 pursuit. He was runner up yesterday in the C4-5 1km time trial.
He returned to the track today to set world record of his own in qualifying for the pursuit final, but saw it destroyed by gold medalist, Michael Gallagher. The Australian won gold with a time of 4.25.297.