PARALYMPICS: Huntingdon stars set for medal battle in paratriathlon today

Lauren Steadman is favourite for gold in the PT4 women's paratriathlon.

Lauren Steadman is favourite for gold in the PT4 women's paratriathlon. - Credit: Archant

Huntingdonshire stars Lauren Steadman and Clare Cunningham are preparing to go for gold at the Paralympics in Rio today.

Clare Cunningham returns to Paralympics competition after a break of 20 years. Picture: DAVE TYRELL/

Clare Cunningham returns to Paralympics competition after a break of 20 years. Picture: DAVE TYRELL/BRITISH TRIATHLON - Credit: Archant

Sawtry’s Steadman and Papworth-based Cunningham hwill do battle in the PT 4 category of the debut-making paratriathlon event.

Steadman’s selection was inevitable as the reigning British, European and world champion and the 23-year-old will start as hot favourite for glory, while Cunningham, herself a former world champion, could challenge for a medal.

Steadman, who has appeared in the last two Paralympics as a swimmer, said recently: “I know the position I’m in as world and European champion. I’m more than capable of bringing home the gold – so that’s the aim.”

Cunningham, 39, returns to the Paralympics stage an incredible 20 years after her last appearance. She competed as a swimmer in Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996).


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Cunningham said: “It’s all really exciting, I can’t wait to get out there and finish the job off. Training has been going very well so I’m in a really good position to give it my best shot.”

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