Gold Coast 2018: Triple triumph for Australia in the pool09.04.2018
Hosts win three out of four golds over the weekend as home fans celebrate
Australia lived up to the expectations of a massive home crowd, winning three of the four gold medals up for grabs on days three and four of the Para swimming programme at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Saturday night’s (7 April) events saw Timothy Disken claim his second gold medal of the Games and Australia’s fourth in Para swimming.
A dominant display from the Rio 2016 gold medallist saw him post a time of 1:12.42, well clear of compatriots Timothy Hodge (1:15.80) and Blake Cochrane (1:18.75).
Disken started clear favourite for the race after posting a 1:13.87 in the heats, a long way in front of Hodge (1:17.02) and Cochrane (1:19.81).
On Sunday night (8 April), things got even better for the host nation when Jesse Aungles claimed victory in the men’s 200m individual medley SM8.
Aungles (2:30.77) edged out Cochrane (2:32.72) in a thrilling finish to go one better than his silver medal effort at Glasgow 2014.
Canadian Philippe Vachon grabbed the bronze with a 2:34.03.
Aungles set a fast time in the morning’s heat to be the top qualifier, finishing in 2:31.30, more than five seconds clear of Cochrane (2:36.43) and Vachon (2:38.34).
Australia also celebrated gold in the women’s 100m freestyle S9 through 19-year-old Lakeisha Patterson.
England’s Alice Tai finished with silver in 1:03:07, while Patterson’s teammate and six-time Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Cole claimed with bronze with a 1:03:36.
Cole was the fastest into the final after a 1:03.98 in the heats, with another Australian in Emily Beecroft second in 1:04.64, while Patterson swam a 1:05.66, but managed to better that time by more than two-and-a-half seconds in the final.
Pascoe flashed through the race in 2:27.72 to win by almost four seconds from Canada’s Aurelie Rivard (2:31.79), while Australia’s Katherine Downie came home for the bronze (2:31.89).
Rivard posted the best time in heat one with a 2:32.90, while Pascoe’s effort of 2:27.26 in the second of the heats was more than eight seconds faster than her nearest rival.
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