Lane-Wright wins historic hat-trick of medals for ParalympicsGB

Loughborough University alumna Crystal Lane-Wright completed a historic hat-trick of medals for ParalympicsGB by winning silver in the women’s C4-5 road race.

This was Lane-Wright’s third silver medal of the delayed 2020 Paralympic Games following podium finishes in the women’s C5 individual pursuit and the women’s C5 cycling time trial.

In difficult conditions, the 35-year-old remained at the front of the pack throughout the race, eventually breaking away with fellow Briton Sarah Storey to record a GB 1-2.

Storey’s victory saw her become Britain's most successful Paralympian of all time with 17 gold medals, a feat that Lane-Wright was quick to recognise:

"I said 'this is your gold medal'. You don't have to worry, I'm not even going to attempt to take it away from you," she said.

"This is part of history now. And I didn't have the legs, she went so hard. It's easy for me to now say I gave it to her, but she won that fair and square.

"Gold medals aren't the only thing that define it, you also have to look at her as a professional. And even if she'd won silver today, she is still one of the greatest athletes we will ever have.

"I've piggy-backed on that because I'm in the same category and now on the same podium. There are times when I think, 'what would Sarah do?'. She inspires me that much."

Loughborough-linked athletes have now won 14 medals at the Games, with more events yet to come.

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