Video: Jessica Lewis Finishes 6th In 800M Heats

September 17, 2016

[Updated with video] Bermuda’s Jessica Lewis finished 6th in the 800m heats at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio this morning, crossing the line in a time of 1:58.24, marking a personal best for the 23-year-old athlete.

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Racing in the second of two heats, Hongzhuan Zhou from China was 1st, Angela Ballard from Australia was 2nd, Samantha Kinghorn from Great Britain was 3rd, Shirley Reilly from USA was 4th, Hamide Kurt from Turkey was 5th, Lewis was 6th and the USA’s Kelsey Lefevour was 7th.

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This was the final event for Lewis, who is making her second Paralympic appearance for Bermuda. She has already placed 6th in the 100m final, and placed 11th overall in the 400m.

Lewis is one of two Bermudians representing the island at these Games, with Yushae Desilva-Andrade also in action for Bermuda, marking the first time Bermuda has been represented at the Paralympic level in Boccia.

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  1. Thinker says:

    Well Done Jessica!!!!

  2. John doe says:

    good fight jess

  3. Glenn Blakeney Jr says:

    Great effort Jessica! I know you gave it your all and may be disappointed but I have been inspired by the fact that despite your physical challenges you and Yushae both have proven that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!! The both of you have inspired many around the world and have made Bermuda very proud. I hope the both of you are welcomed back home with a special ceremony.

    Many Blessings

  4. moonbeam says:

    Glenn Blakeney : Thank you for your kind remarks about my grand-daughter Jessica Cooper Lewis. Unfortunately, she must go from Rio directly to Brock University in Ontario to continue her studies there. However, she will be visiting in Bermuda from Oct 8th to 15th, and I too hope that at that time she will be welcomed home with a special ceremony. Meanwhile, I trust Yushae Andrade deSilva will be welcomed on her immediate return from Rio on Tuesday, Sep 20th.

    • Glenn Blakeney Jr says:

      No, all thanks and praises go out to your very inspiring grand-daughter!! She has shown and continues to show(Brock University Student) that no physical challenge has to hold you back from accomplishing your goals and dreams! Praises to you also for supporting her in reaching her goals!Many Blessings to you and your family.