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Cyclist Storey aims to double up

Sarah Storey in action
Storey is a former Paralympic gold medal-winning swimmer

Manchester's Paralympic cycling champion Sarah Storey has revealed she wants to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics at London 2012.

Her time in the individual pursuit at the Paralympic World Championships this month would have secured silver in the recent able-bodied World Cup event.

Storey told BBC Radio Manchester: "The British team is the hardest team in the world to make.

"To get to championships, you get rid of half the best British competitors."

Earlier this year, Storey defended her individual pursuit title at the national championships - open to able-bodied athletes - in Manchester.

The 31-year-old clocked a time of three minutes 40.244 seconds to beat Hannah Mayho in the final.

The individual pursuit looks set to be dropped from the Olympic programme but the team pursuit, which involves three riders, is likely to be retained.

Storey was born with a deformed left hand and appeared at four Paralympic Games as a swimmer under her maiden name Bailey.

She added: "Although I'm ranked in the top handful of pursuit racers in the entire world - that's able-bodied as well - basically, because the British team has got such strength in depth, to make the team is almost the hardest part."

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