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Helena Lucas is 2012 Paralympic Gold Medalist


Helena Lucas took gold in the single-person 2.4mR on the day that Great Britain won their first ever Paralympic sailing medals. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

In the end it was not quite the way the British sailing team had imagined winning its first ever Paralympic medals. A dearth of wind on the Dorset coast meant the team spent the final hours of the six-day regatta holed up in the GB container (some watching the Tom Cruise film Top Gun) rather than charging for the finishing line in Portland Harbour.

Not that Helena Lucas was too worried. She was leading the standings and so took gold in the single-person 2.4mR, a huge achievement in the trickiest boat and probably the most competitive of the three Paralympic classes. Lucas, the only woman in the 2.4 fleet, went into the final day with a nine-point cushion after a brilliant regatta.

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