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Rio: Silver and Bronze for Patrick and Reid
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Sunday 11th September 2016

Tags  Alison Patrick  |  Hazel Smith  |  Katie Kelly  |  Melissa Reid  |  Michellie Jones  |  Nicole Walters  |  Paralympic Games  |  Paralympics  |  Paratriathlon  |  Rio 2016

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Silver and Bronze for Great Britain as Katie Kelly (AUS) wins Paralympic PT5 Gold

Great Britain's Rio 2016 Paratriathlon medal haul closed on four today, with Alison Patrick (Silver) and Melissa Reid (Bronze) in the women's PT5 (visually impaired) category, to add to the Gold from Andy Lewis (Men's PT2) and Silver for Lauren Steadman (Women's PT4).

Very close racing throughout saw the British pairing, along with the Aussies, plus Elizabeth Baker (USA) and Susana Rodriguez (ESP) all in close contention during the 20km cycle section.

Guided by the Sydney 2000 Olympic Silver medal winner and 2006 IRONMAN World Champion, Michellie Jones, Kelly showed the form that earned her the 2015 ITU Paratriathlon World Championship title in Chicago to pull away during the 5km run to win by just over 60 seconds from a chasing Alison Patrick and guide Hazel Smith, the 2016 World Champions. There was a real battle in the closing stages for Bronze, where Great Britain's Melissa Reid (guided by Nicole Walters) was being chased very hard on the finish straight by Elizabeth Baker (USA), guided by Jillian Petersen. 

With the British pair looking in danger of losing the battle for Bronze, and exhausted Baker slipped and fell which ended her hopes of making it to the medal presentation podium.

Delly Carr / ITU Media

Congratulations to Katie Kelly who has built an unblemished record in ITU Paratriathlon competition, while for guide Michellie Jones, Gold may go some way to missing out on that Sydney Olympic Gold 16 years ago which many feel she was robbed of. The winner that day, Brigitte McMahon, was later busted for EPO doping...

Delly Carr / ITU Media

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - PT5 Women's Triathlon - Sunday 11th September 2016
750m / 20km / 5km

1st - Katie Kelly (guide Michellie Jones) AUS - 1:12:18
2nd - Alison Patrick (guide Hazel Smith) GBR - 1:13:20
3rd - Melissa Reid (guide Nicole Walters) GBR - 1:14:07
4th - Elizabeth Baker (guide Jillian Petersen) USA - 1:14:34
5th - Susana Rodriguez (guide Maria Gallardo) ESP  - 1:15:29

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