Jessica Lewis has targeted another podium finish in the T53 100 metres when she competes at the World Para Athletics Championships in London.
Lewis won the bronze medal at the previous championships in Doha, Qatar, in 2015 and believes she is capable of at least repeating that impressive feat at the London Stadium.
The 24-year-old will perform the 100, 200, 400 and 800 at the biennial championships, which run from Friday until July 23.
“The goal is to make the podium and it would be great to do that again,” Lewis said. “My coach [Ken Thom] and I talk about going there and focusing on technique and all the aspects of the race you need to get right. Hopefully then you’ll make the podium.”
Lewis has cemented herself as one of the top wheelchair sprinters after a string of eye-catching performances at major competitions. She won gold in the 100 at the Parapan Am Games in Toronto in 2015 to become the first Bermudian to medal at a major para-sports competition.
Lewis then reached a new high at the championships in Doha that same year, claiming bronze in the 100. The Bermudian became a two-times Paralympian when she competed in Rio de Janeiro last summer, placing sixth in the 100 final.
“It’s definitely a process that we’re in and each year you just have to try and get better as the field is getting better,” she said.
“It’s always great to hit the startling line with such amazing athletes and you have to train hard to keep improving.”
Lewis was in dominant form at the Canadian Track and Field Championships at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility in Ottawa, Ontario, last week. She captured golds in the 100 and 200 before claiming silver in the 800 and bronze in the 400.
“It’s given me a lot of confidence and I’m feeling very strong going into the World Championships,” said Lewis, who won the 800 at the Invitational Permit Meet at the National Stadium this month.
“The 100 and 200 are the ones we’re really focusing on because I don’t have the power yet in the longer distances.”
Tyrone Smith warmed up for the World Championships in Athletics in London next month by finishing sixth in the long jump at the Diamond League London at the weekend.
Smith posted a jump of 7.75, while Jeff Henderson, of the United States, won the event with a distance of 8.17. Michael Hartfield, of the US — who won the Permit Meet in Bermuda — came second in London with a leap of 7.99.