Sarah Storey named in team sprint for World Championships

By Elizabeth HudsonBBC Paralympic sports reporter
Sarah Storey
Storey first appeared in the Paralympics as a swimmer in 1992

Sarah Storey has been selected for the Great Britain team sprint at next month's Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles.

International cycling rules now allow mixed teams so Storey will line up alongside Darren Kenny and Jody Cundy.

The selection for the team sprint opens up the chance of Storey challenging for five Paralympic gold medals in London.

"If we want to win we need the three fastest riders and Sarah is one of those," said head coach Chris Furber.

The World Championships are the last opportunity for countries to obtain ranking points to earn qualification places for the London 2012 Paralympics.

Storey, who was born with a deformed left hand, was part of the women's Olympic team pursuit squad before being dropped last month.

She switched to cycling in 2005 after a successful Paralympic swimming career which saw her win 16 medals, including five golds.

The 34-year-old won two Paralympic cycling golds in Beijing and goes to the World Championships as defending kilo and individual pursuit champion in her category.

Furber added: "Sarah has done some great work with the team pursuit squad and some of the skills she has picked up there have enabled her to be competitive in the team sprint.

"She is now starting faster and can ride at a higher peak speed so she is well equipped to challenge for a team sprint spot. LA is a good test to see how the line-up works out.

"We have three incredibly experienced athletes. Darren and Jody won gold in the event in Italy last year and were part of the Paralympic gold medal-winning line-up and, although Sarah has not done team sprint before, she has applied herself very well."