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Ex-Strictly Come Dancing star Lauren Steadman claims first ever Paralympic gold medal

Former Strictly Come Dancing star Lauren Steadman claimed her first ever Paralympic gold medal by profitable the ladies’s PTS5 title on Sunday.

The 28-year-old from Peterborough, who simply missed out on PT4 gold by claiming silver at Rio 2016, completed with a time of 1:04:46, which was 41 seconds forward of Rio 2016 champion Grace Norman who took the silver. 

ParalympicGB’s Claire Cashmore additionally ended up on the rostrum by taking the bronze medal with a time of 1:07:36. It’s the 33-year-old’s ninth Paralympic medal having picked up her first in Athens 2004. 

Former Strictly Come Dancing star Lauren Steadman gained the Paralympic paratriathlon gold

Cashmore was, nonetheless, handed a 30 second drafting penalty which ruined her possibilities of claiming a primary particular person Paralympic gold medal. 

In the meantime, 2018 Strictly competitor Steadman revealed she was ‘near passing out’ as she completed the race however admitted numerous luck fell her means, similar to Cashmore’s penalty. 

‘I don’t really assume it’s sunk in but,’ she advised Channel 4. ‘Rio devastated me massively and I didn’t know what was going to occur at the moment if you go towards world champions and we had a robust area. 

British veteran Claire Cashmore (right) joined Steadman (left) on the podium with a bronze

British veteran Claire Cashmore (proper) joined Steadman (left) on the rostrum with a bronze

‘I simply did what my coach mentioned and that was do my sport plan and have enjoyable as a result of I didn’t take pleasure in Rio and I beloved this race.

‘I really feel fairly gutted (for Claire) as a result of if you go in as an athlete and also you’ve spent 5 years making ready for that one race then the chips can fall any means.

‘They fell my means at the moment, they may have fallen Claire’s means. I simply hope that Claire comes again as a result of she’s an outstanding athlete. I’m most likely close to to passing out however I’m simply actually comfortable!’ 

Steadman (left) finished 41 seconds ahead of Rio 2016 champion Grace Norman (right)

Steadman (left) completed 41 seconds forward of Rio 2016 champion Grace Norman (proper)

Steadman was behind Norman in the swimming section but overtook her in the cycling leg

Steadman was behind Norman within the swimming part however overtook her within the biking leg

Steadman managed to haul herself in entrance through the 20-kilometre biking part of the race and held on to her lead for the remainder of the race. 

The 28-year-old completed over the road to assert her first ever medal on the Video games, after profitable three World Championships and three European Championships throughout her profession. 

Steadman, who was born with out her proper arm beneath the elbow joint, made the swap from para-swimming to the paratriathlon after the London 2012 Olympics.

The gold and bronze within the girls’s paratriathlon remaining comes after Britain’s George Peasgood claimed the silver within the males’s version of the occasion. 

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