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Great Britain's Melissa Reid: 'I proved everyone wrong'

ParalympicsGB triathlon bronze medallists Melissa Reid and guide Nicole Walters tell Sports Mole that they proved everyone wrong by finishing on the podium.

Great Britain's Melissa Reid has told Sports Mole that she proved everybody wrong by picking up a bronze medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio this afternoon.

The 25-year-old joined compatriot and silver medallist Alison Patrick on the podium following a thrilling sprint finish that saw her overtake an ailing Elizabeth Baker just metres from the line.

The sport is making its Paralympic debut in Rio, and Reid believes that it will now become a staple event of future Games following its success.

"It was a tough race and came to a sprint finish. I was predicted fourth and didn't want fourth. It just proved everyone wrong. I'm really happy to be still on the podium and I wouldn't have got there without [guide] Nicole [Walters]," she said.

"I think it's been an amazing event. I guess you just have to look forward to Tokyo now. I think after the past two days, everybody performing. I'd like to see it in Tokyo to grow and get more competitors involved."

Guide Nicole Walters helped to spur Reid over the line in sweltering conditions on the Copacabana beach, and she revealed that the team's joy so far at the Games had inspired them to continue the success.

"We've done quite a few races now in warm countries, so you get used to it and you expect it. It's a tough, tough race anyway with or without the heat," Walters added.

"It's incredible. It's been incredible to race with Melissa. We had our first race together in 2013 so I've done the full journey with her, it's been amazing.

"It's always great to see your teammates do well. Andy [Lewis] yesterday had a gold medal, Lauren [Steadman] today with a silver before we started, it's great what the team's achieved out here."

Australia's Katie Kelly claimed gold in the event.

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Lauren Steadman emerges from the water during the women's PT4 triathlon at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on September 11, 2016
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Friday's key events

· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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