Triathlete Peasgood elated with Rio Paralympics performance despite missing out on a medal
PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 September 2016
Debden Green’s George Peasgood says he will remember racing at the Rio Paralympics forever despite agonisingly missing out on a triathlon medal on Saturday.
Peasgood was leading the men’s PT4 event coming out of the water after the 750m swim and held the silver medal position for some of the race, however he dropped down in the latter stages during the 5km run to finish seventh in one hour six minutes eight seconds.
His end time was just over three and a half minutes slower than the winner, Germany’s Martin Schulz.
Peasgood told the Reporter: “Four years ago I would have laughed, but over this year it’s become more of a reality for me.
“You will remember it forever, when you come out of the water and you hear the roar of the crowds.”
GB team member David Hill also competed, coming 10th.
At only 20 years old Peasgood was the youngest member of the paratriathlon team - something he is used to, as he was also the youngest ever paratriathlon medallist at 17 years old when he won bronze at the ITU World Championships in 2013.
It’s been a long road to Rio for Peasgood and one of his former coaches is ecstatic with the progress he has made.
Geoff Jones, head coach at WaldenJNR, Peasgood’s first athletic club, said: “He’s worked so hard on it to get to the level he’s at now.
“We are very proud of him and we are looking forward to him coming back and telling us what he’s been up to.”