Pearson eyes Rio handcycling berth

Rio De Janeiro, Sep 16 (IANS) Britain’s Josie Pearson on Tuesday reiterated her plans to become the first athlete to compete at three consecutive Paralympic Games in three different sports.

The 29-year-old was the first woman to represent Britain in wheelchair rugby — a mixed gender competition — at the 2008 Games in Beijing before winning gold in the F51/52/53 discus four years later in London, Xinhua news agency reported.

Left paralyzed by a car accident in 2003, Pearson has now turned her attention to handcycling.

“I’m more than ready to face the challenges that lie ahead in my bid to get to Rio 2016,” Pearson was quoted as saying by

“It’s going to be tough, but at the end of it there’s the potential I could be on that podium again and potentially bringing back more bling for GB.”

Paralympic tickets went on sale in Brazil on September 7. Tickets will be available from approved resellers in other countries in late September

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