Leeds Beckett graduate becomes Team GB’s joint most successful Paralympian
Sarah, who graduated in BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science from the Carnegie School of Sport in 2000, equalled the record after winning gold in the C5 road time trial, finishing 92 seconds ahead of her nearest rival, Team GB’s Crystal Lane-Wright.
It is the second gold medal Sarah has won at Tokyo 2020, having claimed her first in the C5 3000m individual pursuit.
In an interview with BBC Sport, Sarah said:
"I never set out on this journey to be Britain's greatest Paralympian but to match the best man and to have more other medals is just a dream come true,"
"Sweet 16. Can I be 16 again? As I said the other day, I would never have imagined getting to 15.
"It is amazing. It was one of the most perfect days today, the conditions were perfect.
"The course is super quick. The corners were really grippy and I rode a really good line and carried speed. I got caught up in a bit of traffic at times perhaps as I was going a bit quicker than they had anticipated.
"I am just so chuffed. I have been preparing for this for such a long time. There have been so many parts to it, both my bike and physical preparations."
Peter Mackreth, Dean of the Carnegie School of Sport, said:
“Sarah is an incredible role model who embodies the spirit of the Paralympic Games.
“Sarah has excelled in two sports across nearly three decades and is an inspiration for any aspiring athlete. As an alumna of Leeds Beckett University, we’d like to congratulate her on this remarkable achievement.”