Tokyo Paralympics: Lauren Steadman won gold for Paralympics Great Britain in triathlon

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Tokyo Paralympics: Claire Cashmore, Lauren Steadman’s ParalympicsGB teammate, earned bronze; fellow Brit George Peasgood won men’s silver and will now compete in the road cycling time trial on Tuesday.

Glory to God! On day five of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, Lauren Steadman led the way as ParalympicsGB won a dazzling complete complement of triathlon gold.

With a time of 1:04:46, Steadman enhanced her PT4 silver from Rio five years ago to PTS5 gold, finishing 41 seconds ahead of American Grace Norman.

Claire Cashmore, a ParalympicsGB teammate, finished third in that race in 1:07:36, while fellow Briton George Peasgood won men’s silver in 58:55.

Steadman was a favourite for gold in Brazil five years ago, but she was defeated by an American opponent after making a mistake in the swim.

Following a one-minute penalty, the 28-year-old avenged that terrible experience in Tokyo, with former swimmer Cashmore – an eight-time Paralympic medalist in her former sport – two minutes 50 seconds off the pace.

“That’s a big comeback. After Rio, I was distraught, and for the next seven months, I didn’t touch my bike, my shoes, or my swimwear “Steadman stated.

“‘You’re not done yet,’ my coach said, encouraging me to keep going. I put my complete trust in him, and he got me there. Over the last four years, I’ve had a hit-or-miss record, winning some races and narrowly missing out on others.

“I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders before Rio, and it was really getting to me.

“This time, I was aware of the expectation, but having had such a bad time in Rio, I was determined to enjoy myself regardless of whether or not I won a gold. ‘This is what I built for,’ I thought when it stung.”

Cashmore, who is still relatively new to the sport, expressed disappointment after receiving an in-race penalty but hinted that she would be aiming for a sixth Games in Paris.

“Right now it’s a little raw,” she explained, “and I’ve got some thinking to do.”

“It’s a bronze medal at the Paralympics, and I’ve got to be proud of the highlights. It’s my first Game as a triathlon; I did the same as a swimmer in Athens and advanced through the ranks.

“If certain things hadn’t happened throughout the race, I don’t think my performance would have been as good. I’m in the best form of my life, and today I had a lot more in me; it just wasn’t meant to be.

“I wasn’t pleased with the penalty; ordinarily, they would provide a warning, but they didn’t. It’s over now, Grace and Lauren completed a terrific race, and triathlon is now complete.”

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