Lewis claims silver in Lima
Jessica Lewis won a second medal at the Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, after claiming silver in the women’s T53 800 metres final last night.
Lewis, who won gold in the T53 400 final on Saturday, came second in a time of 2min 08.99sec at the Athletics Stadium at the Videna Sports Complex in the San Luis district.
Yen Hoang, of the United States, won the race in 2:08.09, with Yadira Soturno Diaz, of Venezuela, finishing a distant third in 2:35.46.
Lewis was guaranteed a medal before the starting pistol with the only three athletes entering the race.
“I am thrilled to come away with the silver in the 800 as it’s not my strongest event and I knew Yen is stronger than me in the longer races,” Lewis said.
“My strategy was to pull on the first lap and then draft the second to rest and save energy to sprint at the end.
“At the 600 mark, I was starting to fatigue, so I just worked hard to see how close I could stick with her.”
Winning a pair of medals in the longer distances represents a major breakthrough for Lewis, as she has often struggled for sustained power in the 400 and 800.
The Bermudian, who is on target for a sweep of medals in all three of her events, returns to action the 100 final tomorrow and will be looking to shatter her Parapan Am record time of 17.67, which she set in Toronto in 2015.
“It’s such an honour to be bringing another medal home to Bermuda,” Lewis added. “I’ve been training really hard to become stronger in the longer events and I can feel it’s paying off.
“Now I have another rest day before I gear up for the 100, my favourite event.”
The 26-year-old made a scintillating start to the Games after storming to victory in the 400 final on Saturday.
She finished in a time of 1:01.95, a second faster than Hoang, who came second in 1:02.95. Kelsey LeFevour, of the US, placed third in 1:02.97.
Also representing Bermuda in Lima, are boccia players Steve Wilson, Yushae DeSilva-Andrade and Omar Hayward.
Wilson will compete in the BC1 classification pool and DeSilva-Andrade and Hayward are part of the BC4 classification pool. The boccia competition starts on Thursday.
All three took part in the BISFed World Championships in Liverpool last summer.
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