Sarah Storey, winning gold
By Sky Sports News Journalists Orla Chennaoui and Lia Hervey
It was billed ‘Thrilling Thursday’ and safe to say, yesterday more than lived up to expectations.
Sarah Storey proved herself to be one of the standout stars of the GB squad, winning her fourth gold medal of the Games. That brings her total to 11 in all, making her one of the most successful Paralympians in British history.
She popped in to see us earlier with her Paralympic champion husband Barney and they were weighed down with bling. In fact, if Team Storey were a country they would have finished yesterday in 20th place in the medals table, ahead of Canada! Sarah’s brother told us yesterday he was keeping the bubbles on ice but the star couple say they haven’t really had a chance to celebrate yet. In fact, they say they can’t wait to get home, sit on the sofa and just veg in front of the TV. We’re sure they’ll factor in some partying before then.
From the cycling track to the running track, we were spoilt for action. Jonnie Peacock stormed to victory against the poster boy of the Games Oscar Pistorius in the 100m final. We chatted to him this morning and he said that after the race, Oscar told him he’d said a little prayer for Jonnie. Oscar knows Jonnie’s a huge fan so that was an incredibly sweet thing to do.
As more competition winds up, we’ve spotted some of the Paralympic athletes out and about, enjoying themselves after four years of hard work. There’s a Casino just outside the Paralympic Park which stays open all night, so that’s proving a bit of a hit for the athletes who want to let their hair down.
Of course, it’s not over yet, and we’re looking forward to another big night of athletic action. Our very own ‘blade runner’ Richard Whitehead will be hoping to add to his 200m gold when he competes in the 100m later. Mickey Bushell will be going for the double too but in the reverse order. He’s already 100m champion and will be competing in the 200m. Then, there’s more to come from Oscar Pistorius as he competes in his favourite event, the 400m. He’ll have to take on his rival Alan Oliveira again and his extra long blades, who beat him in the 200m in front of a stunned audience.
Will we see another Oscar shocker? Anything could happen.