One gold medal to clinch record

Matthew Cowdrey
Matthew Cowdrey Quinn Rooney - Getty Images

SOUTH Australian Matthew Cowdrey says he would put his last $10 on the Adelaide Crows to win the AFL premiership.

That bet might be worth consideration with the Crows finishing the minor round in second place, but the 23-year-old has already cashed in - on his swimming ability.

Cowdrey is just one gold medal away from becoming Australia's most successful Paralympian.

Born missing the lower part of his left arm, Cowdrey headed to London needing three gold medals from his eight events to become Australia's most decorated Paralympian - and he has won two so far.

He opened his account by winning the 100m backstroke S9 before he anchored the 4x100m freestyle relay team featuring Andrew Pasterfield, Matthew Levy and Blake Cochrane to victory yesterday.

The latest gold medal triumph means Cowdrey, who started swimming at the age of five, has now won 19 medals overall (10 gold, seven silver and two bronze) in his three Paralympics and is equal with former swimmer Kingsley Bugarin, whose total included five gold.

The win also drew Cowdrey level with another Aussie in action in London, runner Tim Sullivan, on 10 golds.
Although Cowdrey was thrilled with another win, he was not about to get carried away by the thought of becoming the nation's best ever Paralympian.

"It has been an honour to be a part of the sport for past ten years and it is slowly starting to sink in what I have been able to do," he said. "But I don't want to think about that (the record) at the moment. I still have a long way to go in this meet."

Ballina swimmer Jacqueline Freney ensured the gold medal success continued in the pool and made it a real happy father's day for her father and coach, Michael, after she made it three golds from three events when she won the 200m IM SM7 in world record time.

The 20-year-old, who was born with cerebral palsy diplegia, smashed her rivals, beating second place home by more than 10sec in a time of 2:54.42secs - a three second PB.

She had already won the 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke titles.

The Aussie gold rush continued at the Olympic Stadium where Kelly Cartwright set a new world record to win gold with a leap of 4.38m in the women's F42/44 long jump event.

The 23-year-old Victorian, who had her leg amputated after being diagnosed with cancer when she was 15, held off the challenge from home favourite Stef Reid to win.

Australia ended the day with 14 medals (three gold, six silver and five bronze) and was third on the medal tally behind China and Great Britain with 14 gold, 11 silver and 18 bronze.

Topics:  london paralympics

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