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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 September, 2004, 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK
Lewis delight at first gold
By Elizabeth Hudson
BBC Sport in Athens

Nyree Lewis celebrates her gold medal in Athens
British swimmer Nyree Lewis gave herself the best possible birthday present with a gold medal in the women's Paralympic S6 100m backstroke.

Celebrating her 24th birthday, Lewis won in a Paralympic record time of one minute, 32.03 seconds to better the silver she won at the Sydney Games.

"Having finished second in this race at Sydney, I have been wishing for this day since then," Lewis told BBC Sport.

"I'm ranked number one in the world so I had to go out there and prove it."

Lewis' partner Sascha Kindred claimed his second swimming gold of the Athens Paralympics after successfully defending his men's SB7 100m breaststroke title.

"This was the title I really wanted to win," said Kindred.

"I've been working hard in training and I knew I was strong over the final 50 metres."

But Kindred, who set a world record in the event in Sheffield in April, was disappointed not to repeat his feat in Athens.

I felt great so I just pushed as hard as I could in the final
Gold medallist
Nyree Lewis
"Although it is my second fastest time ever, I would loved to have dipped under one minute 23 seconds.

"I went into Sydney four years ago with no pressure on me, this time everyone knew who I was and I was the fastest in the field but it is great to defend my two titles."

Lewis' coach Colin Hood had ear-marked the backstroke as the one in which Lewis could not fail to take gold.

And the Manchester-based Welsh athlete, who already grabbed silver in the women's SM6 200m medley, did not disappoint.

"The heats in the morning went really smoothly and I felt great so I just pushed as hard as I could in the final," said Lewis.

"My first 50 metres were smooth but the second 50 was tough as I had problems with my legs but I managed to hold on and get the gold."

Lewis finished ahead of Ludivine Louiseau of France while teammate Natalie Jones was fifth in 1:37.13.

Paralympic Games 2004



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