The 35-year-old had already set a world and Paralympic record in qualifying in 3:17.593s, before he crossed the line ahead of his 21-year-old compatriot Finlay Graham in the final in 3:20.987s.
The result was an outstanding start to the former paratrooper’s Paralympic career. On winning Gold on his debut, he said: “It’s been a fantastic day. I’ve worked very hard for this. It’s nearly nine years of a lot of ups, probably more downs.”
“It’s such a relief to finally be here representing Great Britain in Tokyo and coming away with the top prize. I’m very happy with myself. We’ve got to enjoy this moment but in a few hours’ time I need to reset, forget about all this and go again tomorrow.”
Australia’s David Nicholas claimed the bronze after beating Spain’s Eduardo Santas Asensio.
And there was plenty more high-adrenaline action for the team. Great Britain’s Jody Cundy was narrowly beaten into Silver in the Men’s cycling track C4-5 1,000m time trial by Spain’s Alfonso Cabello Llamas, 27, who saved the best for last to regain the Paralympic title he won at London 2012.
The seven-time world champion, who was the last rider out of a field of 21, crossed the line in a world record time of 1:01.557s, which lowered the record previously set by Cundy, who landed in 1:02.52s.
The 42-year-old, who was the penultimate rider in the race, had been going for his fifth Paralympic title in cycling. The 17-time track cycling world champion also competed in swimming at the Paralympic Games in 1996, 2000, and 2004, winning three Gold and two Bronze Medals. He made the transition to cycling in 2005. (Agencies)