Paralympics GB golds on day one

British cyclist Sarah Storey has won ParalympicsGB's first gold medal of the Games while swimmer Jonathan Fox has taken gold in the men's 100m backstroke S7 final.

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Margaret Maughan speaks of her cauldron pride

Britain's first Paralympic champion, Margaret Maughan, has spoken of her nerves and pride at lighting the London 2012 Paralympics cauldron.

The 84-year-old, who won archery gold in 1960, admitted she was "still in a dazed state" about the events at the Olympic Stadium.

Margaret Maughan was asked to light the cauldron at last night's Opening Ceremony. Credit: Press Association

Describing the whole thing as "completely marvellous", she said: "It (lighting the cauldron) means so much. It is a proud moment that will last in your mind.

"Lighting the cauldron was a wonderful experience but winning the gold and being involved in the development of disabled sport is really wonderful, especially when you think of how everything has gone forward in leaps and bounds."

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe personally called Ms Maughan about three weeks ago to ask her to light the cauldron - and then promptly swore her to secrecy.

"Keeping it quite was the most difficult thing," according to the pensioner, from Watford, Hertfordshire.

Sarah Storey: 'Victory wasn't as easy as it looked'

ParalympicsGB cyclist Sarah Storey, who won Great Britain's first gold this afternoon in the women's C5 three-kilometres individual pursuit, has said the victory wasn't as easy as it looked.

ParalympicsGB cyclist Sarah Storey celebrates after gold win. Credit: Press Association

"Mentally you've got to prepare, anything can happen," she told Channel 4. "I have to respect all my competitors.

"I didn't expect to be able to catch her as quick as I did, I stepped my game up as well.

"So much goes into it emotionally that nothing's ever easy at this level."

Asked what she was thinking as she chased down her opponent, she said: "Just, 'gotta get there quick, quick, quick!'

"I was like, 'It's not gonna be this lap, maybe the next lap...'

"You're just willing the rider to come to you as quick as possible so you can just finish."

Storey now has another three events to prepare for.

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