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Lewis sets PB in 800

Another PB for Lewis in Rio

Jessica Lewis set a personal best in her final event at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after finishing sixth in today’s T53 800 metres heats.

The wheelchair sprinter’s time of 1min 58.24sec was not quick enough to advance to tonight’s final, but was another sure-fire sign of her extra endurance training paying off.

It was Lewis’s second PB at the Olympic Stadium, where all of her events have been held, having set a best time in the 400 heats in 1:25 last weekend.

Hongzhuan Zou, of China, won Lewis’s 800 heat in 1:48:37, with Angela Ballard, of Australia, second in 1:48:74 and Samantha Kinghorn, of Britain, third in 1:48.

In the other heat, Chelsea McClammer, of the United States, came first in 1:52:96 ahead of second-place Lisha Huang, of China, in 1:53:76, and Madison De Rozario, of Australia, who placed third in 1:54:14.

Lewis, competing in her second Paralympics, finished sixth in last week’s 100 final in 17.25.

She won bronze in the 100 at last year’s IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, and gold in the same event at the Parapan Am Games in Toronto.