Lauren Parker has claimed a stunning Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games silver medal at the Odaiba Marine Park on the morning of Sunday 29th August.
In her Paralympic debut, NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder Parker put together a very strong race series coming off the 750 metre swim in the lead, she then alongside USA’s Kendall Gretsch pushed further ahead of the other competitors during the 20 kilometre bike section.
It was then down to the five kilometre run and it truly went down to the wire with Parker being pipped to the gold medal by one second from Gretsch. Parker completed her race in 1:06:26.
Parker’s silver medal feat comes off the back of her 2019 world championship title and 2018 bronze.
Parker has proven to be a world leading sporting figure in both able bodied triathlon before her serious training accident in 2017 and now on the Paralympic stage.
Fellow Australian and NSWIS scholarship holder Nic Beveridge competed in the comparative men’s PTWC race that same morning.
Beveridge claimed 7th place following another strong race series where he came out of the water from the 750 metre swim in first place.
A very competitive group then formed for the 20 kilometre bike section and as the transition to the run was completed Beveridge was placed 7th going into the final five kilometre run.
Beveridge maintained his position during the run finishing in 7th place, he came across the line five seconds behind the 5th place finisher.
The gold medal went to Netherland’s athlete Jetze Plat in a time of 57:51 and was over two minutes ahead of the silver medallist.