Strictly star wins a gold medal Down Under

Lauren Steadman took time out from here busy Strictly Come Dancing schedule to win a triathlon gold medal in Australia on Saturday (September 15).

Monday, 17th September 2018, 8:00 am
Updated Monday, 17th September 2018, 9:08 am
Lauren Steadman

Steadman was one of three British Para-triathletes to win gold at the ITU World Championships on the Gold Coas.

The 25-year-old, who is appearing on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, beat team-mate Claire Cashmore to win the PTS5 category, with Paralympic champion Grace Norman in third.

It was a superb bike ride from Steadman that saw her take charge of the race, putting her in a commanding position heading onto the 5km run. Cashmore was unable to close the gap and Norman ran out of course just as she was threatening to catch her rival.

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Lauren Steadman in a Strictly Come Dancing outfit.

Steadman said; “I wasn’t expecting to win, but I knew I would try my best and it was enough. I kind of planned to make the bike leg my strongest but I didn’t get as far away as I wanted to, but then I found my legs on the run so I was really happy. There is still more to come and I have more technique work to do but I’m really chuffed and just want to say thanks to everyone who has helped me get here.”

Steadman’s Strictly co-stars were quick to add their congratulations. Pop star Lee Ryan said: “Congratulations to an absolute legend.”

It’s a first world title for Steadman who hails from Sawtry, but now lives in Portsmouth. She has a competed at three Paralympics, two as a swimmer and one as a triathlete. She won a silver medal at Rio in 2016,

She is a former winner at the Peterborough Telegraph Sports Awards.

Strictly Come Dancing starts in earnest on Saturday on BBC One (September 22).