Andy Lewis wins GB’s first-ever Paralympic tri gold

Paratriathlon’s debut got off to a golden start on the Copacabana earlier today as GB’s Andy Lewis took gold in the PT2 category ahead of race favourite Michele Ferrarin of Italy. Fourth onto the 22km four-lap bike course, he quickly made up ground to start the 5km two-lap run in silver-medal position. 


“I came onto the last lap of the run and I had [Moroccan] Mohamad Lahna in front of me,” Lewis told 220 at the line. “So I went past him and then he sat behind me. I could just hear his blade tapping the floor and I just thought I’ve got to get away from this guy. I look up and see Ferrarin had a penalty and that was my motivation to go.” 

The Paralympic win for Lewis tops off a phenomenal year for the 33-year-old, who also took the European and world titles.