Jessica Lewis *File photo by Ras Mykkal
Jessica Lewis *File photo by Ras Mykkal

MONDAY, MAY 21: Jessica Lewis continues to get faster and stronger.

Last year she became the first Bermudian track and field athlete to qualify for the Paralympics when she made the B Standard in the 100m.

She’s now added the 200m to her Paralympic schedule and is not far off the mark for adding the 400m as well.

Lewis powered her wheelchair to a trio of gold medals at the Desert Challenge Meet in Mesa, Arizona on Saturday. Besides establishing a new personal best in the 100m, she easily surpassed the A Standard for the Para-Olympics in the 200m when she clocked 33.81.

With the A Standard being 35.00, the teenage racing star should continually get better ahead of the London Games.

Lewis said: “What an AMAZING night of racing. London here I come. I am looking forward to representing Bermuda as the first-ever paralympic wheelchair athlete at the Paralympics in late August/early September.”

Besides winning gold in the 100m and 200m, Lewis also won the 400m.

Lewis started her build up for the Olympics in St. Laurent, Quebec at the end of April.

She qualified for London by making the B Standard with a 36.09 in the 200m. She also clocked 1:24.22 in the 400m with a strong wind.

Lewis said: “This was a great start to the track season.”

She then competed in Tampa, Florida in The Dixie games on May 12.

Lewis said: “I was excited for this race because it was the first race I competed in three years ago so it brought back great memories. This race was a success just like the first one. I came first in all three of my races.”

Lewis also established a new personal best in the 400m with a 1:10.70 – just 0.70 seconds shy of adding the 400m to her Para-Olympic schedule of the 100m and 200m.

Last year she had previously qualified for the 100m.

Lewis added: “I'm so excited and proud of how far I have come.”