Rio Recap: Storey creates history, Brazil start with gold

The opening day of action at the Rio 2016 Paralympics brought world records aplenty and a landmark 12th gold medal for Great Britain's Sarah Storey.

We take a look at the main talking points.


Storey is now Britain's most decorated female Paralympian after once again demonstrating her prowess in the velodrome to secure victory in the C5 3000 metre individual pursuit final.

The 38-year-old caught compatriot Crystal Lane before the scheduled halfway point of the race. In addition to her 12 golds, four of which were secured at London 2012, Storey also boasts eight silver and three bronze medals.

And there could yet be further honours coming the way of Storey, who will compete in the C4-5 road race, C4-5 500m time trial and C5 time trial later in the Games.


Brazil's first gold of the Games was earned by Ricardo Costa de Oliveira, the winner of the men's T11 long jump at the Olympic Stadium.

A final-round leap of 6.52m saw the home favourite pip Lex Gillette of the United States by eight centimetres.

Costa de Oliveira, whose sister Silvania will compete in the women's T11 long jump in Rio, said: "To win this gold medal at home is a big source of pride for me. It's a moment that I'll bring with me for the rest of my life because what I feel right now is incomparable."


"The first thing she said to me was, 'Mummy, I've fallen over'. Then she said, 'Well done, Mummy'. But it is great having her here. She is loving it," - The much-decorated Storey reveals the amusing initial reaction of her daughter Louisa.

"When I normally jump, I count to one. This time I counted to one and a half so could feel that it was a long jump," Costa de Oliveira immediately had a good feeling about his winning leap.


The world's fastest Paralympian on the track, visually-impaired sprinter from Ireland Jason Smyth, will be aiming for his third 100m T13 title in a row. American wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden is up for the first of seven possible gold medals in the T54 100m final.

Meanwhile, Brazil could be celebrating in the pool, with Andre Brasil up against compatriot Phelipe Rodrigues in the 50m freestyle S10 event.

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