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Lauren Steadman wins PT4 silver at Paralympics
Race-favourite Lauren Steadman has taken Paralympic GB’s second medal in as many days, adding silver to Andy Lewis’s PT2 gold from yesterday. In a close-fought battle with reigning world champion Grace Norman (USA), the two-time Paralympic swimmer had to claw back the lead after Norman took first blood over the 750m sea swim in Rio.
Over the ensuing 22km bike leg, Steadman took the lead but by the slimmest of margins, Norman refusing to let the multiple world PT4 champ get away.
Leaving T2, Steadman automatically built up a 10sec gap as lower-leg amputee had to spend longer with the changeover. But within the first 1km of the 5km run along the Copacabana seafront, Norman had overtaken the Brit, never relinquishing her lead to the tape and becoming the first PT4 Paralympic paratriathlon gold medallist.
Fellow Brits Faye McClelland and Clare Cunningham crossed the line in fourth and seventh, respectively.