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Interview: Paralympic silver medallists Alison Patrick and Hazel Smith

ParalympicsGB silver medallists Alison Patrick and Hazel Smith speak to Sports Mole following the final day of triathlon action in Rio de Janeiro.

The debut appearance of triathlon at the Paralympic Games came to an end this afternoon as the women took centre stage on Copacabana beach.

Great Britain's Andy Lewis claimed a historic gold on day one of the competition, and three more medals were added to the tally by the women on Sunday.

Alison Patrick and guide Hazel Smith picked up a silver in the PT5 classification, finishing in a time of 1:13.20, just over a minute behind Australian gold medallist Katie Kelly.

Patrick collapsed with exhaustion upon crossing the finish line, but spoke to Sports Mole shortly afterwards about how her silver medal was worth pushing herself to the limit.

ParalympicsGB triathlete Alison Patrick© onEdition

Congratulation Alison! How are you feeling? It was a dramatic end to the race...

"Yeah, I'm feeling much better now. I was so hot, I just got overwhelmed with how hot it was during the run today [but] you forget about all that when you've got a medal round the neck."

You clearly gave it everything you had, but is there still a small feeling of disappointment that it is not a gold?

"A little bit. More the fact that the run's my strength and I couldn't run to my potential today because it's so warm, but we did everything we could today and put together a good race, so we have to be happy for that."

Just how hard was it running in this heat?

"It was ridiculous. I'm from Scotland, it's not this hot!"

ParalympicsGB triathlete Alison Patrick and her guide Hazel Smith© onEdition

Hazel, what has it been like being part of this historic event - triathlon's first appearance at a Paralympics?

"It's just amazing, it's just incredible. And yesterday the boys as well, just honoured to compete on this platform. It's such a big step forward for the sport as well. Hopefully it will just get the word out there and get more people involved in the sport."

It's all over now - the final medal ceremony has been completed and the triathlon is over. Do you think its debut appearance on this stage has been a success?

Smith: "I hope we've proved that it can be really competitive, we can put on a really good race, for us having three or four triathletes up there and racing, so I hope it was a good show."

Patrick: "Yeah I just hope we can build on this and we can get more categories in for 2020, so that there's not lots of categories that feel like they've missed out, like today.

"It's growing. You want a sport to be competitive and when there's not that many numbers you can't really put it on the international stage. But now that there's much more people doing it, it can be. You can push forward and get it on the international stage."

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Wednesday's key events


ROWING
· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

CYCLING
· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

DIVING
· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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