Katie Kelly won the gold medal in the women’s PT5 para-triathlon.

Posted on: Monday, 12 September 2016 at 10:43:06 AM

What seemed like an untouchable dream when she was struggling with injuries just three months ago, turned into a reality for an elated Katie Kelly at Copacabana Beach in Rio when she won the gold medal in the women’s PT5 para-triathlon

Kelly and sighted guide, Sydney 2000 Olympic triathlon silver medallist, Michellie Jones surged to victory by more than a minute at Fort Copacabana winning Australia’s first medal in Paratriathlon’s debut at these Paralympic Games.

Stress fractures in her ribs had hampered Kelly’s Rio preparations this year, but that mattered little when she and Jones took the lead on the cycle leg and never looked back.

The Australian duo posted a winning time of 1:12.18 over the 750m swim, 22.28km ride and 5km run

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