FOOTY fans in Adelaide are crowing about the performance of swimmer Matthew Cowdrey in London.
Well, in one part of the city they are because the Adelaide Crows ambassador is now Australia's greatest Paralympian.
Cowdrey defended his 50m freestyle S7 Paralympic title in world record time of 25.13sec to take his career gold count to 11, surpassing track sprinter Tim Sullivan's previous record mark of 10.
It was the third gold medal the 23-year-old had won in these Games and he could add to that haul - he still has three events left.
The win also took Cowdrey, who was born without the lower part of his left arm, past former swimmer Kingsley Bugarin as the nation's leading medal winner in Paralympic history with 20 now to his name.
Cowdrey said his historic win almost got the better of him.
"I started to lose it a little bit out there, actually, and generally I'm pretty composed," he said. "It's something I don't think that will sink in until this is all done and dusted and we're finished and I can sit down and relax.
"To be Australia's best Paralympian, it's humbling and it's a huge honour."
David Nicholas and Carole Cooke continued Australia's golden day by winning their respective cycling individual pursuit races, while wheelchair racer Richard Colman won the T53 800m.
Australia was fifth on the medal table at the end of day seven with 22 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze.
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