Maddy de Rozario takes gold in Tokyo, breaks Paralympic record to secure T53 800m victory

Australian track star FINALLY wins gold in Tokyo after consecutive silvers as she breaks Paralympic record

  • Maddy de Rozario has won a gold medal on the Paralympic track in the T53 800m
  • She clocked a Paralympic record time to secure Australia’s eighth Tokyo gold
  • Earlier this week, the Rozario also finished fifth in the T53 5000m event

Australian track and field athlete Maddy de Rozario has ended her long wait for a Paralympic gold medal with a dominating performance in the T53 800m.

The four-time Paralympic and three-time silver medalist of the Games took the lead just after 400 meters in Sunday night’s final at the Olympic Stadium and rode clear for a convincing win.

She clocked one minute and 45.99 seconds to break the Paralympic record and secure Australia’s eighth gold medal in Tokyo.

Maddy de Rozario has won gold in Tokyo and breaks a Paralympic record in the T53 800m

Maddy de Rozario has won gold in Tokyo and breaks a Paralympic record in the T53 800m

The world record holder and reigning world champion, who was recognized last year with a Barbie doll, defeated China’s Zhou Hongzhuan by 1.67 seconds, while Switzerland’s Catherine Debrunner took bronze.

Six-time Paralympics Angie Ballard finished seventh and legendary wheelchair racer Louise Sauvage, who coaches the Rozario, also lined the track.

“She (Ballard and Sauvage) are two women who have been there at every point of my career, but also of my life,” de Rozario told Seven Network.

“I wouldn’t have done it without them here.”

The 27-year-old won silver in the 800m in Rio and also in the 4x400m relay.

The four-time Olympian took the lead in the 400m and rode away for a convincing win

The four-time Olympian took the lead in the 400m and rode away for a convincing win

The four-time Olympian took the lead in the 400m and rode away for a convincing win

She won silver in the 4x100m relay for the first time at the 2008 Beijing Games.

De Rozario finished fifth in the T53 5000m two days ago.

She will race the 1T54 500 the following Monday and then the T54 marathon next Sunday on the last day of the Games.

Also on Sunday night, swimmer Jake Michel had a near-perfect Games debut when he was narrowly defeated in the final of the SB14 100m breaststroke.

Japan’s Naohide Yamaguchi broke his own world record by winning in 1:03.77 and Michel was 0.51 second behind for the silver medal.

Sam Von Einem won his second consecutive Games silver medal, losing 3-2 to world No. 1 Hungarian Peter Palos in the class 11 gold table tennis match.

The Australian saved two match points before going down 11-6 7-11 11-7 11-6 11-9.

But the Steelers’ campaign for a third consecutive Paralympic gold medal ended in disaster with a 60-52 torch relay from Japan in their bronze medal match — the first time they’ve missed out on the medals since 2004.

She clocked one minute and 45.99 seconds to break the Paralympic record and secure Australia's eighth gold medal in Tokyo

She clocked one minute and 45.99 seconds to break the Paralympic record and secure Australia's eighth gold medal in Tokyo

She clocked one minute and 45.99 seconds to break the Paralympic record and secure Australia’s eighth gold medal in Tokyo

Earlier on Sunday, Lauren Parker lost her PTWC triathlon by just 0.01 second for the silver medal, with American Kendall Gretsch overtaking the Australian within yards of the finish.

Erik Horrie won his third silver medal at the Paralympic Games in the single scull and made history as the first rower to win three medals at the Games.

In the earlier session on the track, 45-year-old grandmother Sarah Edmiston took bronze in the F64 discus.

Fellow Western Australian athlete Robyn Lambir also won bronze in the T34, setting a season best time.

The Rollers’ undefeated start to the Games ended on Sunday when the United States defeated them 66-38 in wheelchair basketball.

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