Bermuda’s Jessica Lewis had most in the stadium holding their breath as she was challenging for the lead near the 60m mark, however she was unable to maintain the momentum crossing the line 6th in the T53 Women’s 100m Finals on the first night of athletes in the 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Brazil.
Lewis improved her time from the Heat earlier in the day and clocked a time of 17.25.
Lisha Huang from China who had earlier in the day set a new World Record captured the Gold Medal with a time of 16.28, her teammates Hongzhuan Zhou picked up the Silver Medal stopping the clock in 16.51 and Angela Ballard from Australia won the Bronze Medal with a time of 16.59. Lewis in action in Heat 2 Earlier in the day, Lewis advanced to the T53 Women’s 100m Final after finishing 4th in Heat 2 with a time of 17.42.
Lewis said after the race, “I was really nervous and that resulted in a bad start.”
Heat One of the T53 Women’s 100m race saw World Record holder Lisha Huang from China set a new World record of 16.19, her teammate Hongzhan Zhou won Heat Two with a time of 16.64. Angela Ballard from Australia was second in 16.80 and American Kelsey Lefevour was third in 17.28.